In the UK, 78,460 road accidents in 2013 were caused by driver/rider error: poor manoeuvring, failing to look properly and failing to judge another person’s path or speed.
Avoid setting out on a long drive after working a full day, driving into the period when you would normally be falling asleep, and driving in the small hours (between 2am and 6am).
When you first learn to drive, wait until you feel confident without an instructor beside you before taking friends as passengers, switch your phone off and keep the radio volume down to aid concentration.
When driving, plan your journey to take sufficient breaks. A minimum break of at least 15 minutes after every two hours of driving is recommended to minimise the risk of getting tired.
Driver fatigue crashes are about 50% more likely to result in death or serious injury as they tend to be high speed impacts because a driver who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve to avoid or reduce the impact.