In Britain, a quarter of all crashes that cause serious injury or death are tiredness related. Despite this scary statistic, over 50% of drivers ignore guidelines aimed at preventing them from falling asleep at the wheel and travel too long without a break.
In a survey by vehicle leasing company OSV Ltd, 53% of drivers admit to travelling for more than two hours without stopping.
This goes against guidelines that state you should plan your journey to include a 15 minute break every 2 hours.
The survey also found that even though only 20% of drivers have stated that they would not drive whilst ‘overtired’, a staggering 38% of motorists have admitted to either nodding off or falling asleep whilst at the wheel, and 36% of drivers felt they have put themselves or another in danger by driving whilst tired.
Co-Founder of OSV Ltd, Debbie Kirkley said: “Tired drivers are a huge danger to not only themselves, but other drivers and passengers on the roads.”
“Drivers should never drive when overtired and should always plan their journeys carefully to include regular rest breaks. A minimum of fifteen minutes every two hours.”
Furthermore, OSV Ltd discovered that 81% of drivers only stop because they are hungry or need the loo and not because they feel they need a rest, and only a quarter of drivers follow government advice to combat tiredness when driving, and stop and take a nap. 75% favour other unproven methods to help prevent feeling tired.
The majority of drivers admit to rolling down the windows in order to prevent tiredness which is considered ineffective. Other methods include: drinking coffee (16%), drinking water (15%), turning up the radio (8%) and eating (4%).
Further findings from the survey include:
- Female drivers are more likely to take regular breaks when driving, but are also more likely to nod off or fall asleep at the wheel.
- Men are more likely to drive when over tired than women and more men than women think they have put themselves or others in danger by driving whilst over tired.
OSV Ltd surveyed over 1,000 motorists in June and July.