IAM call on drivers to rest before long motorway trips

8th March 2012

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has stressed the importance of ensuring you get a good night's sleep before embarking on any long motorway journeys.

This advice came as the IAM published its latest set of weekley motoring tips, with the road safety charity this week turning its attention to the subject of fatigue.

Often a source of accidents along the UK's road network, tiredness can often result in damage to tyres and the car itself in the event that the driver loses concentration on the road ahead.

The IAM has issued a number of tips to ensure motorists avoid some of the more common pitfalls.

The charity propose all drivers should stop once at least every two hours during a journey. If you feel drowsy, the best thing to do is stop at a motorway service area and walk around.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger also called on drivers to drink plenty of fluids and share the driving with another passenger where possible.

Mr Rodger also called on motorists to avoid travelling late at night and to be aware of the signs of fatigue and tiredness.

"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," he said.

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