Motor insurance holders told to take a break before driving

Sunday, 01 August 2010

Motor insurance policyholders who are looking forward to a well-deserved break this summer, should make sure they get sufficient rest before driving, it has been suggested.

Sleepiness among car insurance holders is thought to account for around 300 deaths a year in the UK, reports RoadSafe.

The Department for Transport estimates that up to 20 per cent of the accidents of major roads are due to driver tiredness.

RoadSafe is advising motor insurance holders to get a good rest before setting off on a long journey, especially one in the early hours of the morning, as people are at high risk of microsleeps.

Microsleeps only last between two and 30 seconds, but that is all the time it needs for a car insurance holder to nod off and drift into another lane, which could cause an accident.

"Many people don't realise they are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel. It can happen to any of us at any age. Just one night's disturbed sleep can cause extreme short-term tiredness, resulting in a moment's lapse in concentration," said Adrian Walsh, director at RoadSafe, which is a leading forum for promoting and developing ways to improve road safety.

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