Australian investigators have suggested that long-distance lorry drivers who drink coffee have fewer accidents than those that don’t.
Coffee and other drinks containing caffeine were thought to cut the risk of crashing, as they boost alertness.
UK road safety experts are keen to point out that although coffee may help, the only real cure for fatigue is sleep.
Whether you are a long-distance lorry driver, taxi driver or travelling to see friends or family, you should follow these rules:
Plan your journey to include breaks along the way. It is recommended to have a 15 minute break every two hours.
Don’t start a long journey if you are feeling tired.
Try to avoid journeys between midnight and 6am, as this is when our body is likely to feel tired.
Should you be on the road and start to feel tired, drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine beverage and allow 15-20 minutes for it to kick in.
Think before you drive!
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