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The effects of rest breaks on driver fatigue

Taking a brief nap or stopping for a rest break are two highly publicised countermeasures for driver sleepiness. The aim of the study was to determine the relative magnitude of improvement of the two break types. The first key finding “that a nap break provided meaningful benefit for reducing driver sleepiness compared with an active break” confirms advice which has been given to drivers for several years to “take a 15 minute powernap”.


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