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                        Driver Fatigue And Road Safety

                        Driver Fatigue is a Threat to All Road Users

                        Almost everyone knows that driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a deadly combination. However, few people seem to realize the danger associated with driving while fatigued. In fact, drivers who become drowsy or fall asleep at the wheel contribute to thousands of crashes each year.

                        Fatigue is a condition that affects everyone. Although typically associated with long-distance driving, fatigue can set in after a long day at work, an outing at the beach, or virtually any activity. Circadian rhythm, the body's natural rhythm associated with the earth's rotation, causes nearly everyone to be less alert or even drowsy between 1 and 5 p.m.

                        Emotional stress, illness, or boredom can also cause fatigue. Sun glare, a major factor in eyestrain, can contribute to fatigue. Overeating, drinking alcoholic beverages, or riding in an overheated or very cold vehicle can compound the effects.

                        What can you do to prevent tiredness from making you another crash statistic?

                        Start any trip by getting enough sleep the night before - at least six hours is recommended. Wear good quality sunglasses, avoid heavy foods and, of course, don't consume any alcohol during your trip. If you can, have another person ride with you, so you will have someone to talk to and who can share the driving. Avoid driving during your body's downtime.

                        Be on the alert for these signs of sleepiness: trouble keeping your eyes open, difficulty paying attention, or yawning frequently. If you notice any of these danger signs, stop periodically for a rest, and if needed, a quick nap - even 20 minutes will help. During your break, get some exercise - it helps you become more alert quickly.

                        The problem with long-distance driving is that many people do not know, or choose to ignore, how much driving is too much. On long trips, schedule a 15-minute break outside the vehicle every two hours or every 160 km. There is no rule to say how far you should drive at any given time, but no destination is worth risking your life. Don't overextend yourself. Determine a reasonable distance in advance, and stop driving when you reach it.

                        If you must stop for a rest, stop at a designated rest area or parking lot. It usually is not advisable to just pull off to the side of the road to sleep, yet there may be times when it is better to pull off the road and nap than to continue driving and chance to fall asleep behind the wheel.

                        Avoiding driver fatigue on long trips

                        • for long trips plan in advance so you know where you are going to take a break.

                        • take a break at least every 2 hours.

                        • plan to 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.

                        • You should look out for these signs when you are driving (long and short trips):

                        • you keep yawning

                        • your reactions slow down

                        • you feel stiff your eyes feel heavy

                        • you find you are daydreaming

                        • you wander over the centre line or

                        • on to the edge of the road

                        If you must stop along the roadway to rest, follow these precautions:

                        • Stop at a roadside rest area. If no such facility is available, make sure that you are as far off the highway as possible.

                        • If it is after dark, find a lighted area to park.

                        • Give yourself a little outside air, but make sure that windows are closed enough to prevent entry from the outside.

                        • Lock all doors.

                        • Turn on your parking lights and turn off other electrical equipment.

                        • After you rest, get out of the vehicle and walk for a few minutes to be sure you are completely awake before you begin to drive again.

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                        Driver tiredness is one of the most significant threats to the safety of all road users. This is often seen as one of the "driver distractions" taking the eyes and concentration of the driver away from driving. Driver tiredness often leads to head-on collisions and rollover crashes.

                        On the Arrive Alive website, this is discussed on several pages with reference to Driver tiredness, Driver Fatigue and Drowsiness.

                        Driver Tiredness

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driver-Tiredness

                        Facts about Drowsy Driving Internationally

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Facts-About-Drowsy-Driving-Internationally

                        Fatigue and Road Safety [Fleetwatch info for fleet operators]

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Fatigue

                        European Report on Fatigue

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/documents/fatigue_Report.pdf

                        Driver Fatigue -Who is most at Risk?

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driver-Fatigue-Who-is-most-at-Risk

                        Actions for the Drowsy Driver

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Actions-For-The-Drowsy-Driver

                        Energy Drinks, Driver Alertness and Safe Driving

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Energy-Drinks-Driver-Alertness-Tiredness-and-Safe-Driving

                        Endurance Sports, Driver Fatigue and Road Safety

                        https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Endurance-Sports-Driver-Fatigue-and-Road-Safety

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