Tips to avoid driver fatigue



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Driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to deaths on Australian roads. In fact, research conducted for Transport NSW has shown that fatigue can be as dangerous as drink driving. But unlike drink driving, there are no laws regulating driver fatigue.1

Many people think fatigue is only a problem for long distance drives, however it is just as relevant for shorter trips as well.

People generally don't become fatigued from driving. Usually they’re already tired when they get behind the wheel, either from long hours at their job, shift work, a general lack of sleep, sleep apnoea, or physically demanding tasks.2


Watch for the early warning signs of fatigue

Regardless of the distance you plan to travel, make sure you have had enough sleep before driving. The early warning signs of fatigue are:


Tips for avoiding driver fatigue

Sleeping is the best way to address fatigue. If you’re tired, make a choice not to drive, or follow these tips to prevent fatigue:2


Rest areas and driver reviver locations

Designated rest areas allow drivers and motorcyclists to park safely and walk around before continuing their journey. Service centres, petrol stations, parks, and country towns are other places you can stop and take a break from driving.1

Driver reviver sites operate during holiday periods. Look out for specially marked coffee cup signs along major highways to find out where and when they are operating.3


NSW & ACT     https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/using-roads/trip-information/rest-areas/map/index.html
VIC    https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety/fatigue/restareas-map
QLD    https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/holiday-travel/stops/reviver
SA    https://data.sa.gov.au/data/dataset/rest-areas-state-maintained
TAS    http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/Stay/Rest-areas/Tasmania
WA    https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/UsingRoads/TouringWAMaps/Pages/RestAreas.aspx
NT    https://nt.gov.au/driving/safety/road-rest-stops-in-nt

References

  1. https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/donttrustyourtiredself.html
  2. http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/road-safety/safe-driving/tips-and-tools/fighting-fatigue
  3. https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/using-roads/trip-information/rest-areas

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