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Many Motorists Admit to Driving Whilst Tired

Posted in General News on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

After being analysed by the car insurance company, Prima, a survey of 2,000 motorists has revealed that 16% of those involved have driven whilst tired. In addition, 48% of the respondents admitted to driving on less than five hours sleep at one time or another. Other people stated that they do not take breaks every two hours when driving like the Highway Code recommends.  

Surprisingly 27% of those surveyed believe it is okay to stop on the hard shoulder if you are feeling tired while driving on the motorway despite the risks. 50% of these people are young drivers between the ages of 18 and 34. Statistics from National Highways reveal that 1 in 14 motorway deaths happen on the hard shoulder. Therefore, Prima is urging motorists to find the nearest service station or safe place to stop if they are feeling tired. Prima’s UK Country Manager, Nick Ielpo said: “Whilst it may seem harmless, driving whilst tired puts you, your passengers and the public in danger, Tiredness affects your reaction times, alertness and decision-making abilities. Drowsy driving is comparable to driving under the influence. We need to take it seriously.” 

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Patrick Dulson

Wednesday, March, 27th, 2024

I used to have to drive 50k -60k per year. Many times I was very tired but I used to pull over to the services and have a twenty minute snooze and felt really refreshed after.