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Snoozy drivers putting themselves and others at risk

By: Dave Robbins
10 January 2014

Tired driving kills at least 300 people a year on UK roads. All of which makes the results from a ‘Driving whilst tired’ survey conducted by road safety charity Brake and insurance company, Direct Line, particularly disturbing.

It shows that 1 in 3 drivers interviewed admitted to driving whilst tired. It would seem that men are more guilty (or more honest) than female drivers. Nearly half of male respondents said that they’d driven whilst tired, whereas a smaller number (1 in 5) of female drivers confessed to doing so. Almost half of all drivers interviewed had driven after having less than five hours sleep.

Crashes resulting from drivers nodding off at the wheel typically involve vehicles running off the road or into the back of another vehicle. By their very nature they are often serious, high speed collisions because the driver doesn’t break or try to take any avoiding action.

At work drivers are particularly at risk from tiredness because they typically spend more time behind the wheel. Nearly half (about four in ten) of tiredness related crashes involve someone driving a commercial vehicle.

Brake urges all drivers to help stamp out devastating crashes by always getting a good night’s sleep before driving, taking two-hourly breaks, and pulling over somewhere safe as soon as it is safe to do so, if feeling tired.

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