How to avoid driving tired

With so many accidents on UK roads these days caused by people driving tired, it pays to educate yourself on how best to avoid putting yourself in danger. Today we're going to take a look at some great hints and tips that will help you stay at your most alert on the road.

The basics

The first thing every driver needs to know how to do is identify the early signs of tiredness. When driving it is very easy to underestimate just how tired you actually are, which is why so many people end up driving tired to begin with.

Things to look out for include lack of focus, such as day dreaming or your mind wandering; aches and pains in your legs or shoulders; problems focussing on the road ahead; struggling to accurately make gear changes; delayed reactions; inability to hold a steady speed; hearing a droning or buzzing sound.

If you are driving and you experience any of these things, you need to take the appropriate action to ensure that you are not a hazard on the road to both yourself and other drivers.

What can I do if I am feeling tired?

If you suspect that you are driving tired, there are a number of things that you can do in order to reinvigorate yourself.

The first thing we recommend is stopping the car and taking a break from driving. If at all possible, get out of the car and stretch your legs for ten to fifteen minutes. If there is a shop or garage nearby, get yourself a coffee or an energy drink - however don't overdo it with either! If your body is telling you that it needs sleep, then you need to listen to it.

Always keep your eye out for designated rest areas if you feel that a short sleep would benefit you. After sleeping, we recommend getting out of the car and stretching your legs. Always ensure that you are fully awake before even considering getting back behind the wheel.

If you follow this advice then driving tired shouldn't represent any problems for you again.

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