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Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 collisions are caused by tiredness.
  • Peak times for fatigue-related collisions are within the hours of 02.00-06.00 and 14.00-16.00.
  • Sleeping just 4-5 hours a night for a week impairs performance to the same extent as being legally over the alcohol limit.

83% of van drivers feel more tired in the autumn and winter.

1 in 5 people suffer some form of sleep problem affecting their driving ability by impairing coordination, judgment ability and memory and causing longer reaction times.

Whilst driving when tired is not an offence, it does increase the chance of drivers committing other driving related offences or causing a serious or fatal collision.

A driver who is awake for 24 hours is 7 times more likely to have an accident.

Crash Illustration

Driver Fatigue

Safety moment:
Don’t drive tired, STOP and take a break

Best practice tips

  • Have adequate sleep before starting your journey.
  • Avoid heavy meals before starting driving.
  • Plan a 15-minute break for every two hours of driving.
  • Avoid taking medication that causes drowsiness.
  • Stop in a safe place and take a break at the first sign of tiredness.
  • Drink two cups of coffee or an equivalent caffeinated drink.
  • Take a short nap of around 15-20 minutes.

Operation Tramline

Operation Tramline targets dangerously driven commercial vehicles, other high sided vehicles and private cars to improve compliance and to reduce the number of incidents caused by unsafe driver behaviour.

Top three offences detected through Operation Tramline are:

Mobile phone use

Seat belt offences

Driver not in proper control