Research suggests that almost 20% of crashes on major roads are sleep-related. We all know when we are feeling tired and studies have shown that we don’t usually fall asleep without a few warning signs.
Typical signs that you are at risk of tiredness and fatigue
So how do we best manage this when driving?
Our cars are an extension to our homes and are familiar places where we feel safe and comfortable. Combine this with some nice music, the heater on, a monotonous journey, and you have a good recipe for your attention to lapse. So if you feel sleepy, what should you do?
Be self aware and recognise the warning signs. If you can’t stop:
If you can stop and take a break, then do it.
Plan your breaks
Like a long day at work, you need to have rest breaks when driving, particularly on a long journey.
Be aware of how you feel and ensure you know where you can stop before you even set off. Take a rest break of at least 15 minute every two hours.