Avoiding Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of car accidents!

Many people are under the impression that fatigue is only an issue if you are driving long distance, but this could not be more wrong. Drivers who are  only travelling a short distance can also suffer from fatigue.

Drivers don't usually get tired from driving, usually they get behind the wheel of the car when they are already really tired and this is what causes the problem.

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Causes:

-- Not getting enough sleep
-- Driving at the times when you would usually be sleeping
-- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, a sleeping condition that causes tiredness throughout the day.

Symptoms:

-- yawning constantly
-- sore or heavy eyes
-- slow reaction
-- Daydreaming and zoning out
-- Not concentrating on driving
-- driving speed creeps up or down
-- impatience
-- impaired driving performance such as poor gear changes
-- stiffness and cramps
-- loss of motivation

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How fatigue affects your driving

Believe it or not, but being tired and driving is almost the same as drinking and driving. Studies have shown that if you have been awake for 17 to 24 hours, it has the same affect on your driving as doubling your blood alcohol concentration.

Driving while tired can mean:

-- Slow reaction
-- Not being able to concentrate and make good decisions
-- Reduced vigilance and poor judgement
-- Falling asleep for a few seconds at a time

How to beat driver fatigue

There is only one solution for driver fatigue and that is 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
-- don't travel at times when you'd usually be sleeping
-- take a 15 minute power nap if you feel yourself becoming drowsy

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Don't hesitate to download the innovative new PatrolMan app so you can keep track of the latest crime statistics, reports and incidents. Are you aware of a reckless driver? Alert your neighbourhood watch group with the PatrolMan app and help will be summoned immediately.

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