Tiredness is a major safety concern on UK roads. 20% of all road accidents are said to be caused by sleepiness. And sleep-related accidents are more likely to result in death, as dosing drivers are unable to take evasive action or brake in time.
Tiredness can have medical causes including obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) – a condition (add link to OSA page) where people stop breathing possibly hundreds of times per night, resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness.
If you drive a HGV vehicle for a living or are responsible for a fleet of HGV drivers, you should be especially concerned about OSA and your personal – or company’s - safety on the road. Studies have found higher-than-normal prevalence of OSA amongst HGV-driver populations, and with HGV drivers with untreated OSA being seven times more likely to be involved in a road accident, it’s an issue that the haulage and transport drivers cannot afford to ignore.