Top compensation law firm: Accident Advice Helpline, has today issued some useful tips aimed at jet lagged drivers returning to the UK on long-haul flights.
Many holidaymakers leave their cars parked at the airport in order to make a quick getaway as soon as they have collected their luggage. Driving when jet lagged, however, is not recommended and can lead to a serious accident.
Jet lagged holidaymakers returning to the UK on long haul flights are being encouraged to get vital rest before undertaking a long drive home immediately after landing. Having left their car parked at the airport for convenience, driver fatigue can have disastrous consequences as jet lag creeps up on them during their journey home.
Top UK compensation claims advice law firm: Accident Advice Helpline, has warned motorists to take extra care if they need to drive home following a long-haul flight. A representative of the injury claims specialists said,
“The relief of landing and getting through customs can energise people, even if they haven’t slept on the flight at all. Motorways are very monotonous, and fatigue can hit without warning.”
She went on to say, “It’s very important to either stop for a short nap or change drivers for a while when tiredness hits. It only takes a split second to fall asleep at the wheel, usually with disastrous results.”
Two courses of action are often suggested for fatigued drivers who have already started their journey:
- Pull into a services or rest area and have a short nap of about 15 minutes. Any longer than this and a different, deeper type of sleep occurs, which is not helpful in this instance
- Drink a cup or two of coffee, or other caffeinated drink. Although this is just a temporary fix, combined with a short nap, it can help drivers continue their journey feeling more refreshed
Simply being aware of the dangers of driving when jet lagged can prevent needless accidents. Some holidaymakers decide to stay overnight close to the airport rather than negotiate a long journey home feeling tired.
Compensation Claims Advice
Accident Advice Helpline are a compensation claims advice specialist law firm who have been operating for more than a decade.
For anyone thinking of making a non-fault accident claim, their 24 hour free phone number is: 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown