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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Safety precautions to take when driving for long periods


    Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims and has over 16 years of experience. We strive not only to bring you the compensation you deserve, but also to help advise you on what to do in various scenarios to stay as safe as you can so that you can avoid accidents at all costs. Accidents have occurred because of sleep-related issues and we can help you claim if you call us today.

    If you have had a road traffic accident whilst driving for long periods of time, which was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation.

    What to do when driving for long periods of time

    Whether you’re going on a long trip across the UK or you’re just completing your daily commute to work, there are always certain things which constitute good practice while driving for long distances. Driving for a long period of time can be both exhausting and boring, but here a few things that you should always do on a long commute or trip:

    • While common practice dictates that you should never drive when you’re already tired, this isn’t possible for people who have to travel 30-90 minutes to work every day. If possible, avoid driving when you’re exhausted as falling asleep behind the wheel has fatal consequences for you and other motorists.
    • Bring a friend with you! It might help you to stay focused on long trips to have someone to talk to as opposed to being left alone with thoughts tempting you to fall asleep. Your friend can even drive for you if you become too tired.
    • Take turns. This doesn’t really apply to commuting but when you’re driving for long periods and you bring a friend along with you, make sure to alternate with them to stay refreshed and avoid making mistakes due to exhaustion on the road.
    • Take regular breaks. You need to take a break at least every two hours for a minimum of 15 minutes to let your mind wind down.
    • Do not drive for too long. Driving for longer than 8 hours is risking serious fatigue and injury to yourself and other motorists.

    Has someone crashed into you on a long haul trip?

    We are aware that fatigue is a serious issue when completing long trips by road, but your life should not be negatively impacted because of someone else’s exhaustion. Call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test on our website to see if you’re eligible for compensation.

    Date Published: February 19, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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