The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Applegreen have teamed up to help drivers to combat the effects of driver fatigue over the May Bank Holiday Weekend by providing free cups of coffee to drivers at Applegreen Service Stations around the country.
Between 2010 and 2015, 17 people died and 48 were seriously injured over the May Bank Holiday period. It is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year. Furthermore, tiredness-related collisions are 3 times more likely to be fatal or result in a serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action.
To help drivers stay alert behind the wheel, the RSA and Applegreen will provide free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 29 April and Monday 2 May. Simply say ‘RSA’ or ‘Driver Reviver’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee.
To combat the effects of driver fatigue, the RSA advises drivers to:
- Stop, park in a safe place and take a nap for 15 minutes (set your mobile phone alarm). This is the most important tactic.
- To really make the most of the break, take a caffeine drink before the nap (150mg of caffeine e.g. 2 cups of coffee). After the nap, the caffeine should have started to take effect.
- Then get some fresh air and stretch your legs for a few minutes.