Falling Asleep Whilst Driving is Avoidable

Figures released by a survey carried out by the AA in the UK  reveal that as many as 1 in 8 drivers have fallen asleep whilst driving.  The AA charitable trust also discovered that many more have been scared that they would doze off due to tiredness.

It may come as a surprise that you are liable. If you fall asleep you will be prosecuted and can face serious charges, fines  and penalties. After that you will find it very difficult if not impossible to get any level of cover in the future.

This type of accident is more likely to very serious due to the fact that no preventative action was taken to lessen impact or avoid obstacles. The costs are excessive, and it is the insurer that must cover these costs and may be in range of 7 figures if life has been lost. 

[pullquote align="normal" cite="The AA Charitable Trust "]Don’t let tiredness creep up on you. Stop. Take a break[/pullquote]

If you are a fleet manager, think how this type of accident could negatively impact your fleet insurance costs. Take time to consider if any of your drivers are at risk, regardless, plan some in-house awareness training of the likelihood of serious outcomes if they were to become one of these statistics.  Awareness can only help reduce this avoidable accident cause.

Take preventaive Steps. 

  • Take regular breaks and limit the number
  • Feeling tired pull over to rest station and rest until the drowsiness recedes.
  • If you are planning a long journey, get to bed early the night before.  
  • If the drive is monotonous listen to some music and keep alert to dangers
  • Share the driving: Every 2 hours or less pull over and swap drivers.
  • Driving fast requires more concentration and will tire you quicker so no speeding.
  • Avoid night driving especially between midnight and 06:00 as your body has been conditioned to sleep during these hours.

Be attuned to the danger signs

  • Losing focus on task of driving, mind easily distracted.
  • Feeling irate and restless.
  • Crossing over into wrong lane.
  • Yawning and eye rubbing, hard to keep eyes open.
  • Making unusual driving mistakes.
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