A “horrifying” number of motorists who fall asleep behind the wheel are putting other drivers at risk of road traffic accidents, a new poll suggests.
Nearly one in three drivers admit to briefly nodding off, according to the survey of 1,000 motorists by road safety charity Brake and insurance firm Direct Line.
As many as 7% have fallen asleep while driving, while 49% of those polled said they had driven after under five hours sleep.
The survey showed that 31% have “head-nodded”, otherwise known as micro sleeping, while motoring, with 45% of male drivers confessing to this.
Just 2% of women drivers admitted falling asleep at the controls, while 14% of male motorists admitting to this.
Brake said that studies have found that tired driving is responsible for at least 300 UK road deaths each year.
‘Horrifying’ tally of sleeping motorists
Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said that the poll suggests that sleep-driving – and the road traffic accidents risk associated with it – is caused by several people failing to get enough sleep before they travel.
She said: “The fact that so many drivers – especially men – have head-nodded at the wheel is horrifying, even more so that many don’t recognise this means they have fallen asleep briefly.”
Brake is urging all motorists to promise to get a good night’s sleep before driving and take a break every two hours.
Direct Line’s motor director Rob Miles called tiredness and driving a “deadly combination”.
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