Many drivers are hurt in a car collision in Leeds in road traffic accidents that are caused through driver fatigue. We have better motorway facilities, and better cars; we are now able to travel further, faster, and longer than ever before. The problem is that when people try to take advantage of this, they can easily become overtired and suffer from driver fatigue which puts themselves, any passengers that may be carrying, and any other road users at risk.
Modern devices for monitoring driver activity
Professional drivers who drive HGVs for a living are forced to take regular breaks governed by the tachometers that are fitted in their cabs. Unfortunately there is no such regulation for car drivers, although some insurance companies are now promoting the use of electronic devices to monitor driver behaviour.
Long holiday journeys often cause you to be hurt in a car collision in Leeds
One of the biggest areas of risk in terms of driver fatigue is when families journey to a distant holiday destination. Leeds being half way up the country is readily accessible from people both in the south and the north, which is why neing hurt in a car collision in Leeds in road traffic accidents often happen.
The temptation is to either travel overnight, or to set off early morning, and get a good start before traffic builds up. It’s then very easy to get fatigued. The warning signs include:
- Bouts of yawning
- Tired eyes (feeling like you have sand in them)
- Restlessness (shifting about in your seat)
- Difficulty with concentrating
- Beginning to nod off
At the first sign of any of these symptoms, you should stop and take a break, as soon as possible. If you are beginning to nod off, you should stop at once, pulling over into a safe lay-by where your vehicle is off the road, and you can take a short 30 minute power-nap.
Tips to keep you alert
If you’re planning a long journey it’s always a good idea to carry a flask of black coffee. Keeping your car windows open to get fresh air circulating, and turning off any music can also help to keep you alert. When you begin to experience any of the symptoms of tiredness, you can then take a drink from your flask, (poured only by one of your passengers; not by you) or better still, pull over at the next motorway services, or roadside services for a break, a trip to the toilet, and something to eat and drink.
Making it easy on yourself with Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own in an accident caused by a fatigued driver you can enlist the help of Accident Advice Helpline in order to help you obtain injury compensation. By working with one of the top injury claim solicitors here in the UK, you will benefit from
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