Iceland's ash cloud

Increased drowsiness risk for drivers

26 October 2011

Iceland’s ash cloud may increase the risk of drowsiness-related accidents

Iceland’s ash cloud may increase the risk of drowsiness-related accidents

Iceland’s ash cloud may increase the risk of drowsiness-related accidents as air passengers are forced to travel by car, the AA warns.

10% of car accidents are down to the effects of drowsiness, according to the AA. 

Motorists should follow a few simple driving rules to decrease the risk of a drowsiness-induced accident.

 

When driving long distances

  • Don't drive for more than eight hours in a day.
  • When driving continuously for longer than three hours,  take a break every two hours to reenergise yourself.

the main advice, however, is not to drive at all if you are feeling drowsy, as this could prove fatal to you and others driving with you

Thomas Ingate, AA spokesman

Sleep-related crashes are twice as likely to result in death or serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action so it's incredibly important to take regular and effective breaks from driving.

The majority of motorists do not regularly drive long distances, so when they do it can be tempting to skip breaks and keep driving.

When planning long journeys, people should always factor in breaks and allow extra time to get to their destination.

AA spokeman Thomas Ingate says:"the main advice, however, is not to drive at all if you are feeling drowsy, as this could prove fatal to you and others driving with you".

(26 October 2011)