Never Drive When Tired
You SHOULD NOT drive while tired or fatigued. Research has shown that tiredness is a major road safety risk, both to themselves and others.
You can experience micro-sleeps if you are tired and fighting sleep. These episodes can last up to 10 seconds and can be experienced even when your eyes are open.
During a micro-sleep of even 4 seconds, your vehicle can travel 100 metres (longer than a football pitch) without you being in control of your vehicle.
- Ways to avoid being tired:
- Never drive if you are fighting sleep
- Prepare yourself for driving by ensuring you get adequate sleep
- If you are on any medication, check if it causes drowsiness
- Prepare your journey properly, and plan where you can take a safe break from driving.
- Drink a cup of strong coffee or a caffeinated drink and take a nap for a maximum of 20 minutes.
- After the nap, if it is safe to do so, get some fresh air and stretch your legs
- If you are suffering from a serious lack of sleep…the only cure is SLEEP!