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.