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With the start of level one lockdown restrictions, many more people have returned to the roads and their way of life before measures were taken to control the virus. This is after six months of working from home. A return to normal life may create more fatigue on the roads as drivers re-adapt.
The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says that drivers may be more susceptible to microsleep behind the wheel. Herbert explains: “Microsleep is a state of sleep where parts of your brain override your consciousness and you fall asleep for anything from a fraction of a second to thirty seconds. If you’re tired, bored or even doing monotonous jobs, you are susceptible to microsleep.
“This becomes particularly dangerous when one is driving. Whether it is the monotony of your drive or the fact that you slept an hour less the night before, you are vulnerable to experiencing microsleep behind the wheel. While all drivers can experience microsleep at any time, there are certain things you can do to reduce the chances of it happening and ending in tragedy,” says Herbert.
If you ever suspect you might have had a microsleep or are at risk of it, take the necessary steps to reduce your risk. “Returning to the road during level one will be challenging whether you need to become accustomed to the traffic or get used to driving again. Ensure you do not add another challenge to this,” says Herbert.
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