Drivers urged to take breaks as one in eight claim to have fallen asleep at wheel

A motoring expert has revealed ways to prevent driver fatigue after a study finds one in eight drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Driver feeling tired whilst travelling at night

A recent study noted that one in eight Brits have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once. (Image: Getty)

The specialist insurance broker ChoiceQuote has given drivers tips on how to reduce the risk of getting tired whilst behind the wheel.

A recent study found that one in eight UK drivers have admitted to falling asleep whilst driving at least once.

Philip Leese, Trading Manager at ChoiceQuote warned motorists that the dangers of driver fatigue are most often found .

He explained: “As we approach the winter months, the can have a significant impact on the feeling of tiredness for drivers.

“Therefore, we would encourage all drivers to be aware of the signs that they are too tired to drive and make suitable adjustments to prevent fatigue and ensure safety on the road.”


Rush hour traffic in heavy rain on the M25

Driver fatigue is particularly common during the winter due to the longer nights. (Image: Getty)

First, ChoiceQuote advised that drivers should always make sure that they get plenty of sleep the night before they drive, particularly ahead of long or unfamiliar journeys.

According to the road safety charity Brake, a bad night’s sleep can cause a driver to get stressed more easily behind the wheel and have slower reaction times, .

The organisation also recommends that motorists who are changing their sleeping pattern should give themselves time for their body clock to adjust before getting behind the wheel.

Man takes a break from driving

According to the Highway Code, drivers should take a 15 minute break after every two hours. (Image: Getty)

In addition, ChoiceQuote warned drivers that they should limit the amount of time they spend on the road to no more than eight hours per day.

The Highway Code states that motorists should also take 15-minute breaks every two hours to help break up the journey.

It is widely recommended that those who are about to drive a long distance should plan rest stops in safe places.

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Drivers can also prevent fatigue whilst behind the wheel by avoiding eating large meals shortly before setting off.

ChoiceQuote noted that, whilst eating can increase drowsiness, some foods such as whole grains and chicken have been proven to help motorists stay alert.

Finally, motorists who are taking medication should always check that it will not increase drowsiness, which could lead to longer reaction times.

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