How Blood Tests Will Put Drowsy Driving to Bed

Tiredness is one of the most serious dangers to the courier driver, but there’s been no quick and reliable way to test for it – until now.

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(businesspress24) - Itches on, and some recent developments could have a serious positive impact on road safety.

Tiredness and the Driving Business

There should be no doubt that sleep deprivation poses serious risks to road users. Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that getting just one to two hours less shut-eye in a 24-hour period doubles your risk of an accident. And, as with anything to do with road safety, the dangers aren

Businesses realise this, of course, and have procedures in place to minimise risk to courier drivers. As Chris McClellan of RAM Tracking notes,

Progress in the Science of Sleep

Research is also being undertaken in terms of other road users as well. The University of Surrey

The details are complex but in simple terms the research centre ran a study in which 36 participants were kept awake for 40 hours and monitored, revealing measurable changes across thousands of genes. This data was then fed into a computer, which identified a manageable subset of 68 markers. Measuring change in these can detect sleep deprivation with 92% accuracy. Professor Simon Archer of the research centre described these as a

What This Means for Road Users

So, if we

The markers detecting sleep deprivation, mentioned above, can be checked in standard blood tests. While it might not be quite as simple as blowing into a breathalyser at the roadside, blood tests are still easy and safe to administer. And, focusing on the 68 most relevant markers means there

Rolling out this technology would enable traffic police to measure tiredness as easily as they can intoxication. And if a courier driver (and any other road user) showed sleep deprivation they would be kept off the road

More than this, the scientific advances could have positive knock-on effects too. McClellan was especially optimistic about such prospects, pointing out that these tests would also encourage more awareness of the issue of being in charge of a vehicle on a lack of sleep.



Given how dramatically tiredness can increase your risk of accidents, rolling out tests has the potential to seriously increase safety our roads, and that can only be a good thing.

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Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world''s largest neutral trading hub for same day courier driver work in the express freight exchange industry. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.



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