Driver fatigue is a prevalent issue

Research conducted by Liberty Insurance has revealed new insights into driver fatigue with some interesting findings for drivers in Leinster.

Research conducted by Liberty Insurance has revealed new insights into driver fatigue with some interesting findings for drivers in Leinster.

The research, carried out by Millward Brown, revealed that a third of drivers in Leinster (34%) have admitted to driving after less than 5 hours sleep, in line with the national average of one in three (34%). The research was commissioned for Liberty Insurance’s #DriveSafer campaign and encourages drivers to take steps to avoid fatigue on long journeys.

Whilst 44% of drivers in Leinster said they experienced an incident when driving fatigued: 22% of Leinster drivers reported not remembering the last few kilometres they drove, 13% stated they missed an exit off the road and 9% stated they had a slower reaction time to hazards on the road.

The research found that 8% of Leinster drivers admitted to nodding off at the wheel. Other adverse effects of driving when tired among the general population included: 34% feeling fidgety, 22% yawning persistently, 16% eyes not focusing well and 13% getting cramps in the legs.

Passengers tell a different story when driving with a fatigued driver where 14% of people in Leinster observed a driver cross a lane they shouldn’t have and 13% observed a near miss when driving with a fatigued driver; in line with the national averages. In addition 20% of people in Leinster stated they have observed a fatigued driver nodding off at the wheel, significantly higher than the national figure of 15% and the highest of all regions.