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    Safest time a person can drive before suffering driver fatigue


    You may see signs whilst you are driving or you may hear someone on the radio saying you need to take regular breaks whilst driving. There is a good reason for this. Constant driving can lead you to suffering driver fatigue which can potentially cause a road traffic accident.

    What is the longest time you can drive for without a break to avoid a car crash?

    The highway code recommends that you should take a minimum of a 15-minute break at least every two hours. This is to help prevent you from suffering driver injury and to keep your mind alert and focused.

    However, if you find yourself suffering driver fatigue much sooner than two hours, take more frequent breaks. It is safer to take frequent breaks and arrive a bit later than driving continually and potentially cause a car crash.

    How long can you drive in a day?

    There is no official legal limit for drivers and how much they can drive but it is recommended you should not drive for more than 8 hours a day as this is when driver fatigue can really kick in. However, if you drive for a living, especially in trucks, it is likely that your company will  limit the amount of driving you are allowed to do each day. This is not only for your safety but also to help prevent a road traffic accident for someone else who may be in front or behind, whilst you are suffering driver fatigue.

    If you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. This applies to both day-to-day driving and commercial driving.

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    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in such cases as road traffic accident claims. With over 15 years’ worth of experience our team of highly skilled lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. In fact, many of our clients are able to settle their car crash claim without stepping foot in a court room.

    To find out more about making a car accident claim speak to one of our friendly advisors on our 24-hour free phone on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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