November 14, 2011 19:09 ET

Tired Trucking Can Be Fatal Warns Swinton Commercial

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2011) - Swinton Commercial is warning truck drivers to make sure they take sufficient truck stops on long journeys to stay safe behind the wheel.

The business insurance broker surveyed 1,200 online customers and found that 7% of truck drivers have admitted to briefly nodding off behind the wheel on at least one occasion in the past five years. Worryingly, one in five (21%) of truck drivers declared that they do not take enough regular breaks, despite guidelines stating stops should be made every two or three hours on a long haul journey.

Truck drivers who operate in the road haulage industry will have a Tacograph fitted to the vehicle as a legal requirement. This device records the speed of a vehicle and whether it is stationary or mobile at any given time. This ensures that haulage officials can enforce rules regarding drivers working hours and ensure they take the recommended required breaks when on the road.

For truck drivers who do not operate in the haulage industry but may still spend long hours on the road Swinton Commercial has put together the following tips to avoid accidents and any costly truck insurance claims:

  • Plan journeys in advance allowing plenty of time for regular truck stops

  • Before a long haul journey try and get a full eight hours sleep the night before

  • Avoid overnight journeys between the hours of midnight and 6am as this is the time when alertness is naturally at its lowest

  • Keep a regular supply of fresh air by opening the window where possible

Jolene Shaw, Technical Referral Advisor at Swinton Commercial, said: "Driving tired can be extremely dangerous, and in some cases fatal. It is vital that truck drivers take regular breaks especially if they are on a long haul journey, a break every two to three hours will be enough to keep them alert on the roads."

About Swinton Commercial:

As the UK's fastest-growing commercial insurance broker, Swinton Commercial has the expertise and industry knowledge to provide you with highly competitive business insurance that's tailored to your needs.

With 34 branches across the UK, including 19 regional centres, Swinton Commercial has quickly established itself as the UK's local broker, offering a dedicated team of advisors with specialist industry knowledge in all sectors.

Your local Commercial Account Executive has an in-depth understanding of the insurance market in your area and will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your business and its specific requirements.

We cater for most types of business - from small start-ups to well-established organisations, comparing quotes from leading UK insurers to find you the right level of insurance, at the right price.

What's more, our award-winning offering has over 70,000 business customers - and we're growing fast.

Visit http://www.swintoncommercial.co.uk for more information or call 0800 995 1800.

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