The driver training specialist, IAM Drive & Survive, has been offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. We have been featuring these on Comparecontracthire.com and this week he is advising on combating driver fatigue as part of motorway March.
- Disengage your cruise control to prevent boredom when driving.
- Plan your road journey to include a break every two hours or so. Before you set off and when you stop, check Traffic Master on your phone or online for any hold ups and other road hazards.
- Carry a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, but do pull over to a safe place before drinking it.
- Consider taking an alternative, more interesting route to keep you engaged on your road journey.
- Check your map for another route or set your satellite navigation to avoid using motorways all the time.
- If you do start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop as soon as you can. The Highway Code advises drinking a couple of cups of strong coffee before a short nap, so the caffeine starts to work when you start driving your vehicle again.
- Where possible, share the driving with someone else to spread the driver workload.
Mr Elstow commented: “Motorways are our safest roads however they are monotonous. If you’re embarking on a long journey, get a good night’s rest and use this advice to make sure you’re alert throughout.”