Beware tiredness on summer road trips
Perrys is reminding motorists to be wise to the risks of tiredness on journeys. The advice comes as many families across the UK are embarking on long road trips over the summer holidays.
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, comments: “It is broadly acknowledged that fatigue is a key contributory element in road accidents, especially in the very early hours of the morning. Many car crashes happen because of a driver’s reduced competence to respond swiftly and safely if a hazardous situation develops.”
Tim adds: “If you’re about to do a long road trip, then it’s essential to be suitably rested before you get going – and to make sure you build in time for rests on the way. Statistics show that motorists most at risk from a fatigue-related accident include: shift workers, young men, company car users and lorry drivers. Around 85 per cent of motorists who cause fatigue-related smashes are male, and over one third of these are aged below 30.”
The Highway Code offers specific guidance to minimise the risk of being in a fatigue-related accident. Advice includes:
- The importance of taking a 15-minute break after every two hours or 100 miles of driving
- Proper journey planning
- The times of day and night to avoid
- Avoiding certain medications
- The importance of overnight stops on long road trips
Tim Barnes-Clay concludes: “It is not only professional drivers at work who are at heightened risk of a fatigue accident. If you’re on a long road trip as part of a holiday, or if you need to set off in the early hours to get a long-haul flight, then you are also in the danger zone.
“Once again, planning is fundamental to safety. Shun alcohol if you know you need to drive, and contemplate stopping somewhere rather than risk a journey if you have had very little sleep in the 24 hours prior to setting off.”