Driver Tiredness

The Facts

Driver sleepiness is estimated to account for around one fifth of accidents on major roads, and is responsible for around 300 deaths per year.

Studies have shown that you don’t fall asleep without warning. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel often try to fight off drowsiness by opening a window or turning up the radio. This doesn’t work for long.


Long journey? Make time for a break.Try these tips instead:

  • Plan your journey to include a 15-minute break every two hours.
  • Don’t start a long trip if you’re already tired.
  • Remember the risks if you have to get up unusually early to start a long drive
  • Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am when you’re likely to feel sleepy anyway.
  • If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop – not the hard-shoulder. Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow time for the caffeine to kick in.


The only real cure for sleepiness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink and a 20 minute nap is a short-term solution that will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.