You are feeling sleepy…

There are times, either during your driving lessons or after you have passed your driving test, that you will feel tired in the car. If this happens, follow the advice below.

On some roads, particularly on motorways, you will see signs that say ‘Tiredness kills – Take a break’

At 60 m.p.h., falling asleep for just one second will mean that you travel about 30 meters with no control.

Try walking briskly 30 meters with your eyes tightly closed and see how it feels!


Opening the window, turning on the air conditioning, or playing loud music are an

OK, short-term fixes to get you to the nearest safe parking place but they are not effective in keeping drivers alert for any extended period of time. If you feel tired,

stop as soon as possible for a walk or a sleep – on a motorway, this means taking the first available exit (or service area if this comes before the next exit).

Avoid driving while tired:


  • Stop Driving
  • Take a nap for at least 15 to 20 minutes
  • Take frequent breaks at service areas
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before a long trip
  • Never drink and drive
  • Be aware of the signs that you are tired
  • Take frequent breaks at least every two hours or 100 miles

Warning signs

You may be suffering from drowsiness or fatigue if you become aware of any of the following points. Continuing to drive in this condition will put you at serious risk of being involved in a fatigue-related crash. You should park the car in a safe place at the first opportunity and get some rest.


  • Can’t remember the last few miles driven
  • Have wandering or disconnected thoughts
  • Experience difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open
  • Have trouble keeping your head up
  • Drift out of your lane or hit a rumble strip
  • Yawn a lot
  • Follow other traffic more closely than normal
  • Make sudden steering corrections

Don’t try to struggle home when you are tired – You might only make it as far as the nearest hospital operating theater (if you’re lucky).


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