Driver fatigue

Driver fatigue is not just associated with long trips or heavy vehicles. Lack of sleep and certain medications can result in driver fatigue.

Driving requires your full attention - it can only take a few seconds for your eyes to be closed for a collision to occur.

Signs of fatigue may include:

  • yawning
  • slow reaction times
  • feeling stiff
  • heavy eyes
  • day dreaming
  • wandering over the centre line or on to the edge of the road.

If you notice any of these signs; pull over and take a break.

If you are going on a long trip:

  • plan breaks in advance
  • take a break at least every two hours
  • stay somewhere overnight if you are going on a long journey
  • share the driving and make sure you rest when you are not driving
  • try not to drive when you would normally be asleep (early mornings and late nights).

Driver Reviver

Driver Reviver Sites are an ideal place to take a break on a long journey. They offer a free cup of Bushells tea, coffee, an Arnott’s biscuit, and a place to stop and chat with the friendly volunteers before continuing safely on your way. Visit the Driver Reviver website to find out more.

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