TIPS TO AVOID FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
The latest figures in Scotland (2013) show that fatigue was recorded as a contributory factor 107 times, these accidents included 39 deaths and serious injuries. But this is likely to be an underestimate of fatigue’s actual role in collisions and associated casualties. Driving when you are tired greatly increases your risk of an accident. To minimise this risk follow our top tips:
Make sure you’re well rested and feeling fit and healthy (and not taking any medication that causes drowsiness).
Drink a caffeinated drink and have regular breaks – at least 15 minutes every two hours.
Always remember to stop in a safe place.
Avoid driving when you’d normally be sleeping – between about midnight and 6am.
Also be extra careful when driving between 2pm and 4pm (especially after you’ve eaten a meal).
Be aware of long journeys on monotonous roads, like motorways.
Try to plan your journeys – especially the long ones.
For more information on road safety visit A9road.info.