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Fatigue is worsened by heat.

The muggy weather may be leading to morning motoring madness, warns the AA.

"Hot, sticky nights can make it difficult to sleep, leaving drivers tired and irritable for their morning journey to work," warns Andrew Howard, of the AA Motoring Trust.

"Fatigue is a potential killer, and drowsy motorists put lives at risk by making silly mistakes at the wheel.

"More than half of motorists admit to falling asleep at the wheel at some time or another. Restless nights could make that figure rise considerably," warns Mr Howard.

To help avoid motoring fatigue, never drive for more than eight hours a day, do not drive for more than two and a half hours without a break, remember that frequent short stops are better than one long one, keep the car well-ventilated and avoid heavy meals and alcohol before driving.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2003
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