Road Safety News

Survey points to confusion over driver tiredness

Thursday 19th August 2010

A majority of drivers drive when tired and do not know the difference between proven and unproven methods to tackle tiredness at the wheel, according to research carried out by the road safety charity, Brake, and Direct Line.

The survey found that 74% of drivers admitted to driving tired in the past 12 months, with 9% saying they did so at least once a week. This is an increase from six years ago when 46% of drivers admitted to driving whilst tired.

Ellen Booth, Brake’s campaign officer, said: “It is terrifying how complacent drivers are about tiredness at the wheel.

“It only takes a couple of seconds of sleep to cause a fatal crash, and most don’t know how to deal with sleepiness on a long journey.

“Thinking that we can fight off sleep, especially using unproven methods like opening the window, is a mistake that could cost your life, or someone else’s.”

For more information contact Ellen Booth on 01484 550067.


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