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Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in thousands of road traffic crashes each year. Research shows that up to 20% of crashes on motorways in the UK are fatigue related.

When the driver is tired the crashes tend to be more serious, they aren't as sharp, brake later and hit harder. Not surprisingly driving at night is the worst time.

Tiredness at the wheel can reduce your reaction time, a critical element of safe driving. It can reduce vigilance, alertness and concentration so that the ability and skill needed to drive is impaired. The speed at which information is processed and the quality of decision-making is also reduced by lack of sleep. A strong coffee and a short 15 minute power nap can make all the difference. Driving when you are tired increases the risk of a serious crash - the only real solution is sleep.