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What do I do if I start to feel tired while driving?
- Make sure you get enough rest before going on a big car journey
- Don’t drink any alcohol, even a small amount can make you feel tired
- Take regular breaks – stop at a service station get a coffee, stretch your legs
- Caffeine helps but can take 20 minutes to kick in, be sure to give it enough time to kick in
- Avoid any heavy, stodgy meals or foods. Eat well but don’t eat too much
- If possible, get someone to share any long journeys with you to take it in turns driving
- Depending on the journey time, book an overnight stay to split up the travel time.
- Crack open a window; the fresh air should help wake you up
- Have someone in the car with you. Them chatting to you know and again might help
- If no one can come, play your fave tunes. Silence may be prompting you to feel sleepy
Penalties – if you get caught speeding, you’ll be fined £100 and given 3 points on your licence. Alternatively, you may be offered a speed awareness course instead of the point on your licence and about £10 off your fine. The more serious speeder can face up to 150% of their weekly income under the regulations that came into place in 2017.