Our latest research reveals that fatigue related car accidents have fallen dramatically over the past four years.
This is despite evidence from the NHS indicating that 1 in 3 people in the UK suffers from poor sleep due to a toxic combination of stress, taking work home and computers.
Yet we’ve obtained figures from the Department for Transport showing that from 2014 to 2017 accidents caused by tiredness actually fell from 1,692 to 1,341 – a significant 20 per cent drop.
This is no doubt helped by increasingly advanced car safety systems such as lane departure warning and lane assist, as well as a concerted effort by public bodies and road safety organisations to highlight the dangers of driving while tired.
Lane departure warning, now available in many modern vehicles, warns the driver when the vehicle moves out of the lane without the indicators being turned on, while lane assist also helps keep the car in lane.
The systems have been designed to detect, and help, drivers who might have fallen asleep at the wheel or been otherwise distracted.
However, if you are feeling tired then make sure to take a break, especially at this time of year when the clocks go back, heralding the start of darker evenings.
For more information on any of our studies, please feel free to contact us on 0161 434 4321 Ext 307.