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You should not drive while tired or fatigued. Research has shown that tiredness in drivers is a major road safety risk, both to themselves and others.
You can experience micro-sleeps if you are tired and fighting sleep.
These episodes can last up to 10 seconds and can be experienced even when your eyes are open.
During a micro-sleep of even 4 seconds, your vehicle can travel 100 metres (longer than a football pitch) without you being in control of your vehicle.
Ways to avoid being tired while driving:
Q-Park is now working with New Driver, the safe motoring magazine offering information to Northern Ireland's new drivers, to promote safer driving. The magazine and website at http://www.newdriverni.com are packed with useful information for anyone in Northern Ireland that is starting out on the road so we will be sharing some tips to support this initiative and new drivers all over the UK and Ireland.