Many of us think we can keep our minds alert, even when we're feeling the tug of sleepiness on our brain and bodies. But the truth is that sleep is a powerful biological drive—one that can overtake even the best driver. Rolling down the windows and turning up the radio volume—these tricks don't work. It's important to know what to look for and how to handle drowsiness to protect the safety of everyone on the road.
Well before a person actually falls asleep while driving, lapses in attention and slowed reaction times make drowsy driving very dangerous. Driving is a complex activity that involves many small but important split decisions with every passing second. Even if you're awake, your brain is not functioning optimally to handle these decisions. Studies show that excessive sleepiness decreases our judgment and increases risk taking.
The best way to make sure your mind and body are in optimal driving shape is to plan ahead and get 7-8 hours of sleep before your drive. Other methods include:
How to sleep better?
I have lost my paper part of my provisional driving licence but I want to book my theory driving test is this still possible or do I need to get a new provisional licence?
Provide your driving licence number, National Insurance number and passport number if you know them.
If you need to change your name at the same time, you’ll have to apply by post.
You must also change the address on your vehicle log book and vehicle tax Direct Debit (if that’s how you pay).
If your new postcode isn’t recognised
You’ll have to apply by post if your postcode isn’t recognised on the online service.
If you’re moving abroad
You can’t register your new address on your British driving licence. Contact the driving licence authority in your new country of residence.
How do you get
You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.
Your updated licence should arrive within one week if you apply online. Contact DVLA if it hasn’t arrived after 3 weeks.
It doesn’t cost anything to change your address with DVLA.
You can still drive while you’re waiting for your new licence.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA when your address changes.
I am moving home for a 12-18 month period (due to husbands job) do i need to change my address on my driving licence? If yes, is there a charge?
You can use the DVLA’s free online service to change your address details.
You’ll need to:
You can drive while waiting for your new licence.