09.05.2014
In a 2011 study by the road safety charity Brake, some worrying statistics were uncovered about the amount of people who have admitted to drowsy driving. A recent experiment which deprived drivers of sleep for 28 hours found that their driving performance was lowered to that of someone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.1%, which is significantly higher than the legal driving limit. Thankfully drowsy driving is completely unnecessary, and requires just a few simple common sense rules to avoid entirely. If a feeling of tiredness overcomes you while driving, pull over and do not begin driving again until you feel completely awake.
No sensible driver would deliberately put themselves and others at risk on the road, yet drowsy driving is doing just that.


While many of us may consider true drowsy driving to be an extreme event only possible when driving long distances in the middle of the night, it can in fact happen on trips of any length, at any time of the day or night depending on levels of the driver’s sleep deprivation.
Some 12.5% of UK drivers said that they had gone behind the wheel while tired, and an alarming 86% confessed to not taking rest breaks when tired on long journeys.
As a rule of thumb these should be around fifteen minutes of rest for every two hours of driving. By getting a good quality sleep, applying a common sense approach and reacting to your tiredness levels with food, drink and rest will ensure that you can avoid drowsiness and stay safe on the road. With markedly reduced reaction times and concentration, a drowsy driver is putting themselves, their passengers, other road users and pedestrians in serious danger.


Tests have shown that drowsy drivers perform in a similar way to drivers who are drunk or under the influence of drugs, underlining the incredibly dangerous nature of the issue. So, if driving is a regular part of your day then you simply must make sure that you are suitably refreshed with a good night’s sleep.



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