Car insurance customers 'not getting enough sleep'

Tuesday, 04 May 2010

Car insurance customers are putting themselves at risk by getting behind the wheel when they are tired, it has been claimed.

Research by website highlighted that over 80 per cent of drivers questioned go to bed after 10pm, with more than 86 per cent getting less than eight hours' sleep a night.

It was also revealed that more than two in three drivers suffer from insomnia, which is preventing them from getting a decent night's sleep.

However, three in four drivers admit to getting behind the wheel in the morning rush hour even if they have not had sufficient sleep, which could lead to accidents.

Jeremy Herbert, the operations head of, said: "People are living fast-paced lives but worryingly our survey shows they don't seem to be able to slow down behind the wheel.

"This is even more dangerous when combined with a lack of sleep."
According to Safer Motoring, driving when tired results in people's reaction times being slower, meaning they are more likely to be involved in an accident and find themselves making a car insurance claim.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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