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