Stopping at a service station during long journeys is a good idea for myriad reasons, including preventing repetitive strain injuries and fatigue on the road.
Spending long periods of time in more or less the same position can cause you to suffer from cramps or pins and needles in your legs and/or arms, as well as developing neck and backaches. Breaking the journey up by stopping at service stations allows you to combat pain and numbness by wandering about a little, perhaps even doing some simple stretching exercises. This prevents motoring accidents caused by sudden shooting pains or the inability to properly move your leg to brake, for instance.
Service station stops also enable you to visit the lavatory. This is particularly beneficial for children, who tend not to have the ability to ‘hold on’ for as long as adults can. It is also much easier to concentrate on traffic and avoid vehicle collisions when you are not distracted by the ever growing urge to ‘cross your legs’ while driving.
Another benefit of making a stop is that you can have a drink. Dehydration is a real risk during journeys in warm weather as it can cause dizziness; headaches, nausea and eventually erratic behaviour. As such, it obviously represents a serious risk of causing a traffic accident. Even in cooler weather, drinking a hot beverage is a great way of revitalising yourself and combating fatigue.
Tiredness is one of the main causes of accidents on the road. Getting irritable and sleepy; being unable to concentrate properly; sore, aching muscles and dizziness are all signs of fatigue. Stopping at service stations allows you to take some exercise in fresh air; have a cup of coffee and even take a short nap, if necessary.
Having breaks also allows you to ensure you have sufficient fuel to complete your journey; check and/or refill washer/wipers and radiators, as well as tyre pressure, and so on. Ensuring tyres are inflated properly is particularly important during hot weather, as low pressure and heat can cause blow outs and possibly car accidents.
In a nutshell
Taking a break every couple of hours or so helps prevent vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers have the sense to do this. Should you be injured in a road traffic accident caused by a fatigued or distracted driver, you should call Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to find out if you are entitled to claim driver injury compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice