Half of drivers ignore basic advice at the wheel

Drivers have been warned to get plenty sleep before going on long car journeys
Drivers have been warned to get plenty sleep before going on long car journeys

Drivers are being advised to take simple steps to avoid falling asleep at the wheel as the holiday season starts and many families prepare for long distance travel to destinations across the UK and Europe.

Road safety charity Brake and Direct Line today reveal more than half of drivers are ignoring basic advice to take rest breaks at least every two hours on long journeys, while one in ten don’t stop at all on long journeys unless they absolutely have to.

Brake’s Wake up! campaign advises that drivers should get plenty of sleep before a journey, include stops for adequate rest and don’t set out if you are already tired.

The campaign also suggests that drivers should take rest breaks at least every two hours for a minimum of 15 minutes, stop for a break somewhere safe as soon as you can if you feel tired. If you feel sleepy while driving stop for at least a 15 minute break somewhere safe.

If you drink caffeine, drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine energy drink, then take a 10-15 minute snooze.

If you still feel tired you should stay put and try to find somewhere to get a good night’s sleep. Caffeine is a temporary drug and its effects do not last long, sleep is the only long-term cure to tiredness.