Getting behind the wheel when tired is a bad idea and drivers doze off it can lead to serious car crashes, however, this does not stop a fifth of motorists driving while sleepy.
A study by Ford into the British public's driving habits found that people admitted to texting, eating and drinking when in the driver's seat, as well as 20 per cent saying they would drive even if they were tired.
The study also found that almost half of women think they are safer drivers than males, although just a fifth of men agree with them.
Commenting on the findings, Adrian Walsh, of motoring safety partnership RoadSafe, said: "There is a need for people to learn again how to drive. Advanced driving lessons are an extremely good idea."
If drivers do find themselves getting sleepy behind the wheel, they are advised to find somewhere to park up and have a short nap to revive themselves. They could also use portable oxygen to give themselves some energy as breathing oxygen-enriched air can help relieve tiredness and boost concentration.
Posted by Stewart Elliott
31/08/2011 17:57:02Subscribe to the News RSS feed