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.

Micro-sleeps

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!