• Reflexes will be slower and therefore you will struggle to react to changes on the road. This could increase the chances of an accident and a claim on young drivers insurance.
• You risk falling asleep at the wheel. Falling asleep whilst driving is one of the most dangerous things that can happen. Not only are you putting yourself at risk of a serious accident but you're also risking the lives of passengers and other road-users.
• It's important to bear-in-mind that the law will not accept any excuse for falling asleep at the wheel.
• A fifth of accidents on motorways and other long, monotonous roads may be caused by tired drivers falling asleep.
• Overweight people tend to suffer more from tiredness and can lead to a condition known as “obstructive sleep apnoea” (OSA) – according to the Department for Transport (DfT) this condition significantly increase the risk of traffic accidents. Lifestyle changes such as weight-loss and reducing alcohol consumption can help to alleviate the symptoms.
The National Safety Council in the USA undertook a study recently that also suggests driving when deprived of sleep is as dangerous as drink or drug-driving.
The study showed that those under the age of 30 are more likely to be driving whilst sleep-deprived.
According to the report many young drivers believe that driving after drinking was wrong, however, driving whilst tired was an acceptable situation.
Commenting on the study a spokesperson for the organisation said:
“Drunk driving is universally viewed as dangerous, but young people especially don’t understand the very serious risks associated with drowsy and distracted driving. All drivers need to understand the dangers of driving while tired.”
To find out more about dealing with tiredness check out: Top Tips for Young Drivers to Combat Tiredness.