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Ongoing studies prove that driving while tired can be just as dangerous as using a mobile phone or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Findings from the TAC have found that drowsy driving is suspected as the primary cause of more than 20% of road fatalities. So why is it that so many drivers ignore or neglect fatigue?

As we approach the Christmas season, fatigue is likely to be an even bigger factor than usual, as drivers travel long and often unfamiliar routes for the holidays. As fleet professionals, we have an ongoing responsibility to educate our drivers on the dangers of fatigue.

A video from the Australian Road Research Board looks at some of the causes of fatigue and how drivers can identify the warning signs to help mitigate the risk of a crash from occurring. Never underestimate the effects of fatigue on your driving.

How to beat driver fatigue (Source: TAC)

The only way to address fatigue is by sleeping. Make a choice not to drive when tired or follow these guidelines to prevent fatigue:

  • get a good night’s sleep before heading off on a long trip
  • don’t travel for more than eight to ten hours a day
  • take regular breaks – at least every two hours
  • share the driving wherever possible
  • don’t drink alcohol before your trip. Even a small amount can significantly contribute to driver fatigue
  • don’t travel at times when you’d usually be sleeping
  • take a 15-minute powernap if you feel yourself becoming drowsy