The problem is not just confined to motorways. Of those who had fallen sleep, 40% said they had done so on an A road and a further 10% in a country lane. Apart from the few who took regular breaks, 15% never bothered to stop, 12.5% only stopped to refuel and amazingly, only one in five said they stopped when they needed a toilet break! Among remedies for staying awake, half the drivers surveyed opened a window and 12.5% chatted to passengers.
Even when stopping, only 15% bothered to take a short sleep. Some 20% grabbed a quick coffee and drove on regardless, another 20% went for a walk and 45% took half an hour to sit down and have a drink. And most did not have an excuse for their actions. Sixty per cent said they had no excuse at all but 80% believed not enough publicity was given to the problem and 62.5% felt publicity would help combat it.