Press release

Saga research provides statistics on drivers 'falling asleep at the wheel'

Tuesday 5 April 2005

As the Transport Minister David Jamieson today launches a new campaign reminding drivers about the dangers of driving tired, research from Saga Motor Insurance reveals some alarming facts about the nation's driving habits. Although driver fatigue is an ongoing issue for motorists, half of Britain's motorists continue to drive whilst tired, with men (69%) more likely to do so than women (39%).

Additional findings included:

50% of motorists admit to driving whilst tired.

40% admit to driving for four or more hours without taking a break

One in five men admitted to driving for five or more hours without stopping

People aged 50 and over are more responsible about keeping awake behind the wheel; three quarters of motorists in this age group pull over and stretch their legs when feeling tired, compared with two thirds of people under 50.

Older motorists are also less likely to try singing or turning the music up to help them stay awake at the wheel

Motorists were asked what they did to keep themselves awake behind the wheel

92% opened the windows

69% of women turn the music up

38% of women sing

31% of motorists have an energy drink

24% of people aged 17-24 have a cigarette

12% of motorists slap themselves

Paul Green, Head of Communications at Saga said: "Tiredness behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous and motorists should plan some breaks into long journeys to avoid becoming unsafe behind the wheel. People over 50 are again leading the way when it comes to being more responsible, if they are feeling tired they are more likely to pull over."

-ENDS-

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