According to the RAC, driver fatigue could be responsible for 350 deaths and up to 4,000 serious injuries a year. More than 60% of drivers questioned admitted to having driven while sleepy and 8% said they had at one time fallen asleep momentarily at the wheel. A further 30% said they felt more stressed, angry and more likely to confront other drivers when tired.
Road safety organisation Brake has produced a guidance sheet for fleet managers on preventing tiredness in a bid to cut tiredness-related accidents. The leaflet includes research into driver fatigue carried out by Loughborough University and case studies from P&O Trans European and TNT UK.
Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: 'The Government acknowledged the scale of the fatigue problem in the road safety review and is carrying out research into the problem. We now need action to implement a range of plans which will stem these avoidable deaths and injuries. The growing congestion on our roads will only exacerbate matters.'