The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is urging people setting out
on long trips to visit friends and relatives over Christmas and the New Year to
plan ahead so that they complete their journeys safely.
Fatigue is a major problem to drivers at holiday times if they are spending
hours on the road after finishing work or rushing around preparing for the
Research has shown that on motorways and trunk roads a quarter of all crashes
that caused death or serious injury were sleep related.
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA Head of Road Safety, said: "These are the types of road
many people will be using over the next fortnight when travelling to see
friends and relatives.
"Sensible planning can overcome the danger of having accidents caused by
fatigue. Motorists should not set out on a long journey if they are feeling
tired, and they should take rest breaks at least every two hours.
"Taking alternative forms of transport, sharing driving, not being on the road
in the early hours and making overnight stops are other things that can
"If people begin to feel tired while driving it is essential that they take a
proper break. Sleep is the only cure for tiredness, but if you start to feel
sleepy while at the wheel: find somewhere safe to stop (not the hard shoulder);
drink one or two cups of strong coffee or other high caffeine drinks; and take
a nap of about 15 minutes."
AplusA-online.de - Source: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents