Tiredness – Big Cause of Car Accidents

Saturday, 24. September 2011

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We all know that we shouldn’t drive whilst tired and the electronic signs on the motorways give us frequent warnings telling us that tiredness can kill and we should take a break but did you know that one in five crashes are as a result of tiredness according to the Department for Transport? According to a survey carried out by Confused.com 79% of drivers are risking their lives by not taking enough breaks during long trips. A third of those questioned said they hate service stations with one in 7 saying they wouldn’t take one single break during a four hour trip.

These results are alarming as it means that many drivers are putting theirs, their passengers and other road users lives at risk every time they embark on a long journey.

Chartered psychologist, Dr Joan Harvey of Newcastle University conducted research into the link between accidents and tiredness and concluded that drivers should take a break every hour and a half when driving.

She claimed that maximum concentration when driving on the motorway is just 20-30 minutes. After this drivers tend to get bored and switch into ‘auto pilot’. We know what drivers need to do and the Government needs to find a way to encourage drivers to do it.

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In the meantime it might be worth remembering that the 15 minute break in the services, next time you are on a long trip, may just save your life! By Graham Hill

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