Fatigue

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Fatigue is a physiological condition that is present long before a driver dozes off behind the wheel
  • If you drive when fatigued you increase your chances of having a crash
  • Fatigue (being tired, weary, exhausted or jetlagged) slows your reflexes and affects your ability to concentrate and make good decisions
  • In the Waikato region, fatigue is a known factor in 12% of fatal and serious injury crashes but is suspected in many more
  • 78% of all fatigued drivers involved in fatal crashes have a full licence

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE RISK?

  • Take a powernap
  • Try to avoid driving when you would normally be sleeping
  • Plan to take a break every 2 hours
  • Get a good night’s sleep before driving on any long distance journey
  • Share the driving
  • Snack on light, fresh foods
  • Avoid driving after long-haul flights, it can take a few days to fully recover from jet lag

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