Fatigue & Driving

October 3rd, 2017Our Blog

Recent studies have shown that many drivers don’t fall asleep without warning. Many drivers who fall asleep at the wheel have tried to fight off the feeling of drowsiness. These drivers will often open a window or turn up the radio to help them from nodding off. This is not effective and can have serious consequences.

 The facts

Research suggests that nearly 20% of accidents on major road are sleep related

Sleep related accidents are often likely to result in a fatality or serious injuries

Commercial vehicles have a higher rate of sleep related accidents

Peak times for sleep related accidents are early hours of the morning and mid-afternoon

Men under 30 have the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel

The Symptoms

Heavy Eyelids

Frequent Yawning

A vehicle that wanders over road lines

Varying vehicle speed for no reason

Misjudging traffic situations

Seeing things “jump out” in the road

Feeling fidgety or irritable

Daydreaming

The Advice

Plan your journey to include a 15 minute break every 2 hours

Don’t start out on a long journey if you are feeling tired

Try to avoid long drives between midnight and 6 am, a time when you are likely to feel sleepy anyway

Remember all the risks if you get up unusually early to start a long journey

If you start to feel sleepy, find somewhere safe to stop. Drink two cups of coffee or high caffeine energy dink and rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the caffeine time to kick in

Remember – a caffeine drink or nap is a short term solution. A proper sleep is the only real cure

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