Driving on a road trip for long periods at a time can eventually cause fatigue. This is even more likely to happen when long stretches of road are particularly monotonous, such as on a motorway, for instance.
Fatigue can then lead to the driver becoming less vigilant or even falling asleep at the wheel. A resulting road traffic accident could have serious, even fatal consequences, which is why it is so important to share driving on a road trip at least with one other driver.
Driving on a road trip alone
When driving on a road trip without anyone else to share the driving with, it is important to avoid fatigue and subsequent accidents on the road by:
- Getting plenty of rest before setting off
- Taking regular breaks
- Drinking caffeine drinks if and when feeling fatigued
- Avoiding having heavy meals before or during your trip
- Not drinking alcohol before or during your journey
- Stopping and taking a nap if you feel sleepy
Planning your route carefully and considering alternative routes in case of traffic jams is equally important if you wish to prevent getting fatigued and causing a motoring accident during a long road trip.
When others are at fault
Unfortunately, not all drivers take the necessary precautions to prevent traffic accidents while on long journeys. Others drive carelessly, occasionally even recklessly without any thought of the potential consequences of their actions.
If you are hurt in a vehicle collision with such a driver, there is a good chance that you may qualify for driver injury compensation or, if you sustain an injury as a passenger, passenger injury compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice