Driver fatigue which can lead to falling asleep at the wheel is a major cause of road accidents and accounts for up to 20% of serious accidents. Tony Mckeown, Marketing Director at CRASH says "Driver fatigue caused by longer journeys and longer working hours are contributing to increased accidents". He offers the following advice for all motorists:
There is no specific offence in law related to ‘falling asleep at the wheel’ but tiredness undoubtedly impairs judgement and reflexes and contributes to accidents. Recently there have been successful convictions of drivers who fell asleep at the wheel.
The safest option is to avoid driving when sleepy, you should: