Following latest research from road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart, company car and van drivers are being urged to drive no longer than two hours without a break.
This concerning trend finds that 10% of drivers had momentarily closed their eyes because they were so tired behind the wheel. 10% also admitted that they had been suddenly shocked after hitting the rumble strip, 40% had turned down heating or opened windows to keep them awake.
IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, Neil Greig, commented that “fatigue behind the wheel is a very serious problem, perhaps more concerning than previously thought of.”
This is hugely supported with over 50% of drivers surveyed saying that they were very concerned about getting tired when driving significant distances, and around 25% stating they had stopped for a rest break or coffee, following safety expert’s advice.
“Driving a long distance needs pre-planning to ensure there are plenty of available rest places and to make sure there’s enough time to complete the journey if delays are encountered,” explained Greig.
“Never drive for longer than two hours without a break and take particular care if driving when you would normally be asleep. This is even more important as the country reopens after the pandemic and not all facilities may be available yet.
“Drivers can then concentrate on staying alert behind the wheel rather than staving off tiredness by trying to reach their end destination without adequate rest breaks.”
“The potential carnage that could result from even one accident doesn’t bear thinking about.”