by Content Team |
posted 10 June 2022

Drivers should be properly rested before setting off on long road journeys; being tired when you're driving raises the risk of a collision. You are less aware of what’s happening around you and  your ability to react is impaired if a risky situation develops. That’s why fatigue can be a factor in up to 20% of all road collisions, and up to 25% of fatal and serious crashes, according to breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist.

GEM chief executive Neil Worth comments: “A fatigue-related crash is around 50 per cent more likely to result in death or serious injury, simply because a driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel will be unable to reduce speed or change direction to avoid a collision. The consequences can be devastating.”

GEM offers a few simple tips for drivers to avoid reduce the risk of a fatigue-related collisions:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before you set out on a long journey.
  • Build in time to reach your destination (or your night-stop) without rushing. Remove time pressures wherever possible.
  • Avoid driving alone for long distances if possible. Share the driving and support each other by watching for any signs of fatigue.
  • On long journeys, take a break of at least 15 minutes after every two hours or 100 miles. Get out of the car, do some exercise, stretch or walk. If necessary, have a caffeine drink or two to boost your alertness.
  • Don’t press on into the night. Avoid driving at times when you would usually be asleep.


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