According to a study by Vinci, one in two drivers take to the road being too tired during the Christmas holidays.
Each year, the Christmas and New Year are the occasion for many families to reunite, forcing many motorists to take the road, sometimes to cross all of France. While there should not be too many congestion on the main roads this year, Bison Futé nevertheless foresees some difficulties in the coming days, while many drivers will be traveling to go on vacation or to celebrate the New Year with friends. But these long trips are obviously not easy, and cause severe drowsiness, which remains one of the main causes of road fatalities today.
A disturbing trend
Precisely, a study carried out by Vinci Autoroutes recalls the dangers of fatigue at the wheel, and states that one in two drivers would have experienced drowsiness at the wheel. To achieve this result, the company worked hand in hand with researchers from the Hospices Civils de Lyon and the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, who quite simply interviewed motorists in several areas of the A7 motorway. No less than 46% then said they felt a little tired, while 49% admitted having had moments of somnolence driving during the year. If it concerns everyone, those making journeys of more than 400 kilometers and are more often confronted.
What explains this fatigue, in addition to the length of the trip, is above all the lack of sleep the day before, while 57% of those questioned said they had slept little. Worse still, more than one in four respondents admitted to having slept less than five hours before leaving.
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