Survey: A third of drivers have nodded off behind the wheel

One in three drivers have admitted nodding off momentarily while driving, according to a survey. The poll also found the male drivers were more likely to drive on little sleep than women.

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Almost half of men admit 'head nodding' behind wheel

Almost half of male drivers admitted to drifting off momentarily while behind the wheel, research has revealed.

More men then women admitted to falling asleep for a second while driving. Credit: PA

45% of the male drivers questioned about their sleep patterns and driving behaviour admitted they "head nodded", also known as micro sleeping, while behind the wheel.

One third of 1,000 drivers quizzed confessed to drifting off for a moment while driving, said insurance company Direct Line and road safety charity Brake, who collected the data.

Tired driving kills at least 300 people on UK roads every year, according to Brake.

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