Exhausted motorists are a significant safety threat, a leading recovery firm is warning.

GEM Motoring Assist says, ‘fatigue is a major contributory factor in around 20 per cent of road crashes, particularly in the early hours of the morning’.

According to the organisation, those most at risk from a fatigue-related collision include young male workers, truck drivers, shift workers and company car drivers.

Around 85 per cent of drivers who cause crashes involving fatigue are male. Furthermore, more than one third of these motorists are aged under 30, according to road safety charity Brake.

Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer, said: “Collisions occur when an exhausted driver fails to respond quickly and safety if a dangerous situation arises. These collisions are typically around 50 per cent more likely to result in death or serious injury, as the driver is unable to take avoiding action to reduce severity of an impact.

“Think about situations where you may be at increased risk of a collision because you’re tired. It may be the length of the journey you’re making that puts you at risk, but it could be your general state of alertness before you get behind the wheel.

“Giving yourself a proper break could make the difference not just for your own safety, but for the safety of those around you.”


January 29, 2020