To drive or not: Road trip safety tips when combating fatigue
Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britainâ€™s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is advising on combating fatigue.
Plan your journey to include a stop at least once every two hours.
Where possible, share the driving with another driver.
Make sure you drink enough fluids.
Donâ€™t plan to travel late at night if you can avoid it. The overnight hours are particularly hard if you are tired.
Donâ€™t ignore warning signs of fatigue. If you feel drowsy, stop at the next motorway service area, get out of the car and walk around.
In extreme cases, have a caffeine drink and sleep for 20 minutes while it takes effect. You can only do this once in a journey; it wonâ€™t have the same effect if you do it again.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: â€śMotorways are our safest roads – but they are monotonous. If youâ€™re embarking on a long journey, get a good rest and use this advice to help make sure youâ€™re alert throughout.â€ť