Fatigue accounts for about 20 per cent of road deaths in NSW. Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous because it affects everyone, no matter how experienced a driver you are.
What is Driver Fatigue?
Driver fatigue can severely impair judgment and can affect anyone. It is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is a decreased ability to judge our own level of tiredness. Other symptoms vary between drivers, but may include:
- Poor concentration.
High risk times for fatigue-related fatal crashes are:
- Nighttime/early morning - 10pm-6am
- Afternoon - 1pm-3pm
Fatal crashes which involve fatigue as a factor are more likely to occur during public and school holiday periods. Nearly 30 per cent of all fatal fatigue accidents occur during public or school holidays.
If you feel tired and you notice any of the symptoms of driver fatigue it is time to STOP. REVIVE. SURVIVE. Regular breaks every two hours will help avoid fatigue.
For more information, please contact our Road Safety Officer on 9789 9571.