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How to prevent it

To prevent fatigue at the wheel make sure that you:

  • Plan your journey and include a 15-minute break every two hours
  • Have a good night’s sleep before a long journey
  • If necessary, plan an overnight stop
  • Don’t start your journey if you’re already tired
  • Try to avoid an unusually early start to your journey
  • Avoid trips between midnight and 6am and 2-4pm when natural alertness is low and you are likely to feel more sleepy
  • Avoid a long drive home after a full day’s work
  • Share the driving on a long journey if possible
  • If you start to feel tired, find a safe place to stop – not the hard shoulder. Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a 15 minute rest to allow the caffeine to take effect. This is a short term solution that will only enable you to drive for a short time – then you’ll need a proper sleep.