Van drivers ‘not getting adequate sleep’
Many UK van drivers complain that they are suffering from lack of sleep, according to a new study.
Research carried out by Swinton Commercial found that 21 per cent of such professionals admit to getting behind the wheel while feeling tired.
The poll of 1,200 individuals discovered that long hours and lack of sleep are affecting one in five van drivers, something that the correct mattresses could help with.
Failing to get enough rest before taking control of a vehicle increases the risk of a crash taking place, according to road safety charity Brake, with rests advised every two or three hours during long journeys.
Commenting on the figures, Swinton commercial vehicle manager Phil Moss commented: “Driving when tired can seriously impair a person’s ability to drive. It can affect co-ordination, reduce reaction time, impair judgement and can drastically increase the risk of an accident.”
Meanwhile, a survey by Brake recently indicated that millions of motorists may be placing themselves and other road users at risk, with 74 per cent admitting to getting behind the wheel when tired during the past 12 months.