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Fatigue - Don't drive tired

Studies have shown that drivers don’t fall asleep without warning. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel have often tried to fight off drowsiness by opening a window, or by turning up the radio. This doesn't work for long.

Do you know the effects of fatigue? or how to combat them to ensure a safe journey when driving?

Answer a few short questions in our Fatigue Quiz and you will be placed in a free prize draw to win a ‘Take a Break’ hamper full of goodies. Just visit the Central Bedfordshire Council website or follow the link to take part


Every participant goes into the draw which takes place on Tuesday 1 March.

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  • Plan your journey to include a 15-minute break every two hours.
  • Don't start a long trip if you're already tired.
  • Remember the risks if you have to get up unusually early to start a long drive.
  • Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am when you're likely to feel sleepy anyway.
  • If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop - not the hard shoulder of a motorway. Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow time for the caffeine to kick in.
  • Remember, the only real cure for sleepiness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink or a nap is a short-term solution that will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.