Driver fatigue

Driver Fatigue – The Facts

Many people are scared of flying, yet it’s one of the safest forms of transport. Aeroplanes are operated by two highly trained professionals who under go continuous medical checks and have strict alcohol regulations and rest hours between flights. They are also in constant communication with a team of air traffic controllers to keep them in check while they are flying. The truth is, driving a car is far more risky, especially if you’re tired.

Thousands of road accidents each year are due to driver fatigue; many of them are fatal. Here’s a look at some facts about driver fatigue and what you can do to avoid it.


Road traffic accidents due to driver fatigue are more likely to happen:

  • On long or monotonous journeys such as motorway driving. Even a short 30 minute journey can be dangerous if you’re sleepy.
  • In the small hours, usually between 2am and 6am. If you’re driving to the airport for an early morning flight, the roads may be clearer, but you’re probably still half asleep at that time of day. Driving home late at night after a long flight is just as hazardous.

Alcohol And Medicines

Even one small glass of wine can make a difference to your alertness and reaction times. A lunchtime drink or a quick pint at the pub before setting off for the airport can endanger you and others. If you’re returning home after a flight, you’ll have probably had a drink on the plane before landing. Even if you haven’t consumed alcohol, driving home after a long haul flight is very dangerous; you’ll be physically drained and jet lagged.

Even over the counter medicines such as antihistamines and cold syrups can make you drowsy.

Don’t Risk It

Always make sure you are well rested before getting behind the wheel of a car. Don’t drive after a long work day or after a long flight. Avoid driving in the small hours and avoid alcohol before you drive, even the smallest amount.

Avoid the stress and fatigue of driving by booking an executive taxi service. Door to door airport transfers are the safest way to get to and from the airport. All chauffeurs are expert drivers and provide a professional service. They undergo strict medical and alcohol checks and are CRB checked. Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey in comfort and style. You can even catch a nap with the peace of mind that you’re in safe hands.

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