Fatigue accounts for 20 per cent of all accidents in the UK, and a British fleet management company says up to 300 people die each year in the country from drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
Such accidents are especially dangerous because the driver hits the obstacle without applying the brakes. A recent survey found that 7 percent of drivers fell asleep at the wheel in the past year, an alarmingly high number – wrote on his website Institute of Transportation Sciences.
According to research, the effects of drunk driving and tired driving are very similar. In either case, the driver does not realize that his capabilities are limited. Many of the managers interviewed believed they were completely new even when they were about to fall asleep.
40 percent of sleep-related accidents occur with commercial vehicles. Research has shown that truck drivers are most likely to fall asleep at the wheel in the early morning (between 2 am and 6 am) and early afternoon (between 2 pm and 4 pm).
That’s why it’s important to take regular breaks, no matter how urgent it is to get goods to their destination. In Ireland, 23% of road deaths between 2008 and 2011 were related to fatigued professional drivers.
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