Stay alert and stop every two hours

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Road safety charity the IAM’s motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger this week put the spotlight on combating fatigue.

Peter advises:

> Plan your journey to include a stop at least once every two hours.

> If you feel drowsy, stop at the next motorway service area and walk around. If you are tired, you cannot ignore its effects.

> Where possible, share the driving with another driver.

> Make sure you drink enough fluids.

> Don’t plan to travel late at night if you can avoid it. The overnight hours are particularly hard if you are tired.

> Don’t ignore warning signs of fatigue. In extreme cases, have a caffeine drink and sleep for 20 minutes while it takes effect. You can only do this once in a journey; it won’t have the same effect if you do it more than once.

Peter said: “Motorways are our safest roads however they are monotonous. If you’re embarking on a long journey, get a good night’s rest and use this advice to make sure you’re alert throughout.”