Allianz Your Cover: Tired, Worried and Stressed Out - No Wonder One In Ten Drivers Are Falling Asleep at the Wheel Stressed and tired Drivers risk their own safety and that of others to keep up with modern living Business Wire GUILDFORD, England -- April 23, 2013 One in ten UK drivers admit they have fallen asleep at the wheel of their vehicle and a further one in foursaid they had felt drowsy enough to fall asleep whilst driving, according to a new survey by the insurer, Allianz Your Cover. The survey also revealed that 83% of the population have at least one bad night’s sleep a week and worryingly, 43% admit they are getting less than the recommended seven to eight hours sleep a night*. The most common reasons people gave for the cause of their bad night’s sleep were: 1. Being unable to switch off from the day’s events (36%) 2. Worries about work (25%) 3. Feeling Stressed (23%) 4. Noise outside (19%) 5. Being woken by children (17%) Despite more than half of the people surveyed agreeing that a driver is a danger to themselves and to others if they continue driving whilst feeling drowsy, only one third of drivers said they would stop and take a break when they began to feel tired. Rather than take a break, 56% of people said that they choose to open the windows and 32% will turn their music up to loud in order to wake themselves up. The research also found that nearly one in five drivers either take no steps at all to ward off drowsiness or they simply drive faster to get home more quickly. Jon Lott, head of direct, Allianz Your Cover, said “People push themselves on a daily basis to keep up with the demands of modern life, but it’s important that they are fit to drive at all times. “On long journeys, taking regular and short breaks of at least 15 minutes, will improve concentration and the ability to react quickly which could prevent an accident occurring. Opening the windows or turning up the music may seem effective, but they are only a very short-term solution.” **Other survey findings revealed that: *A shocking 15% of 18-24 year olds admitted that they have had an accident as a result of being very tired or drowsy behind the wheel compared to 2% of 45-54 year olds *Londoners are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel with 9% admitting they have done so in the past, compared to 1% in the South West region *People who work in Transport and Distribution are the most likely to experience feeling drowsy behind the wheel (32%) compared to 10% of people who work in Voluntary sector Jon added: “Worryingly, people seem more concerned with getting to where they need to be as quickly as possible and ignoring the dangers tiredness brings. Drivers are in control of a potentially lethal weapon and they must do all they can to avoid having an accident.” Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, medical director at The London Sleep Centre, said: “This research has highlighted a widelyunder-recognised cause of road fatalities,and the links between the stressful 24/7 lifestyle that we have become accustomed to and driver fatigue. The demands placed on time, both occupational and social, seem to have led to an increase in sleep disorders, which in turn leads to excessive sleepiness with potentially fatal consequences. “Of further importance is the impact of underlying and undiagnosed sleep disorders. Whilst self-induced sleep deprivation may account for the majority of sleepy drivers in the younger age groups, we are seeing a rise in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and other medical causes of a disrupted night-time which can cause driver sleepiness. Excessive sleepiness due to OSA may be responsible for up to 30% of sleepy driver accidents and fatalities. It is vital for people to seek advice from a sleep expert if they are suffering from such conditions.” Notes to Editors: A survey of 2,000 UK respondents was carried out in March 2013 by 72 Point on behalf of Allianz Insurance. *Research conducted by BUPA Health in October 2012: http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/s/sleep-how-much-is-needed ** More age, regional and occupational statistics are available on request About Allianz Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide. About Your Cover Your Cover is a new breed of insurance product, offering cover that customers select to precisely match their own lifestyle and circumstances. Using an easy to use ‘Quote and Buy' website, Your Cover makes it simple to design, obtain a quote and manage your insurance online. The result of two years' research involving thousands of insurance buyers, Your Cover is a product from Allianz Insurance plc, which is a part of the global Allianz Group. For more information on The London Sleep Centre, please visit: www.londonsleepcentre.com Contact: Consolidated PR Helen Braddock / Sophie Church Tel: 0207-781-2375 / 0207781-2386 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Allianz Your Cover: Tired, Worried and Stressed Out - No Wonder One In Ten Drivers Are Falling Asleep at the Wheel
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