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Tired van drivers cause a threat on UK roads

The UKs van drivers are spending too much time behind the wheel without a break, putting themselves and others at risk, according to figures from Airmax Remote.

The telematics providers analysed data collected from 18,000 company vehicles (cars and vans) over a 12-month period, revealing the lengths of journies under taken without a break.

The results showed that there were 83,504 journies of more than three hours, with 2% of drivers doing 30 or more uninterrupted journies of more than three hours a year.

According to official police-recorded accident data, fatigue is a factor in 2% of all injury accidents, but some studies have suggested that 20% of accidents on major roads can be attributed to tiredness.

Furthermore, road safety charity Brake says at least one in three fatal crashes and one in four serious injury accidents involve someone driving for work.

The AA recommends that van drivers don’t drive for more than 8 hours a day, and they should take regular 15 minute breaks in journies over 3 hours and aim to stop every 2 hours or so, especially if they are not used to driving long distances.

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