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Australian men twice as likely to fall asleep driving

A study undertaken by an Australian insurer has found Australian men twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel as women.

According to research by AAMI, 72 percent of men would drive 2.5 hours or more without a break, compared to less than 60 percent of women. 30 percent of men would also drive four hours or more without a break, compared with 16 percent of women.

With a previous University of New South Wales study finding that one in five Australian road deaths are fatigue-related, these new figures are being used to strengthen calls for drivers to take breaks during long journeys.

Roadside ‘Driver Reviver’ stops staffed by police and volunteers have become a fixture on Australian roads during holiday periods. With three out of five motorists having used these in the past, more drivers are being urged to take advantage of this option to help reduce accident numbers.

sources: The Australian, The Motor Report