At Trackdays, we are warning motorists to be more alert to signs of driver fatigue while out on the road this half term, following an increase in the number of collisions caused by tiredness.
According to the latest official data from the Department for Transport (DfT), driver fatigue such as tiredness and falling asleep behind the wheel accounted for more than 1,000 collisions last year, 10% more than the previous year.
Furthermore, there have been 12,715 collisions as a result of driver fatigue recorded over the past decade according to DfT data.
While the ten-year trend generally points towards a declining figure, the recent rise has prompted Dan Jones, our operations manager at TrackDays.co.uk, to warn drivers to wake up to the dangers driving while tired poses: "It has been a long winter, and most people assume tiredness causes more collisions during the darker months."
"However, the turning of the seasons into spring normally means more traffic is out on the roads for longer periods. This increases the concentration levels required, and could lead to more collisions if driver fatigue is not spotted quicker."
Currently, UK law states that if you cause an accident from driving while tired, you could face an unlimited fine, as well as being charged with dangerous driving, which could land a driver life imprisonment if it causes a death.
The following tips are advised to motorists around driving while tired: