Driving long distances or at night can be tiring, but did you know that tiredness is a major cause of road traffic accidents in the UK? Luckily, there are some steps you can take to avoid tiredness when driving and so reduce your risk of being involved in an accident on the road.
Steps to avoid tiredness
If you’re driving long distances, it’s important to take regular breaks. Ideally you should stop every hour for a 10-15 minute break, but if this is not practical, once every couple of hours should suffice. If you feel sleepy, winding down the windows and playing loud music won’t help – you should find a place to stop immediately where you can either get refreshments or take a short nap. Often a drink and something to eat will help you to feel more alert, as will some fresh air. Travelling late at night or early in the morning can also cause you to feel tired when driving and it does help to open the window and keep the temperature in your vehicle cool, as hot, stuffy environments can make you feel sleepier.
If you’re tired, don’t drive
Driving home after a long night shift or a night out is never a good idea. If you’re feeling exhausted, it’s best to take public transport or have someone pick you up. Tiredness slows your reactions and could make it more likely you’ll be involved in an accident. If in doubt, leave the car at home and seek alternative means of transportation. Don’t rely on strong coffee or any other stimulants to perk you up and never drive after drinking.
Claiming for compensation
If you’re involved in an accident through no fault of your own – perhaps the other driver fell asleep at the wheel, or you were struck by a vehicle – you could claim for compensation. Your claim is likely to be successful if you can prove that the other driver was negligent; e.g. driving without due care and attention. The first step in any claims process is hiring the services of a personal injury lawyer and that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help. We’ll gather evidence to support your claim and communicate with you throughout the whole process, so you always know what’s going on. Because we’re backed by our patron Esther Rantzen and accredited by Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, you know you’ll receive nothing but the very best service from us, and all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there really is nothing to lose by giving us a call today.