Don't trust your tired self these holidays
01 January 2014
About to head off on your summer camping trip? Don't forget to check the most important thing before you hit the road – yourself!
Fatigue is one of the top three killers on NSW Roads, along with speeding and drink driving. Crashes due to tiredness are twice as likely to be fatal than other crashes – because you can't brake when your asleep.
Get your holiday off to a good start and make sure you're well rested before driving. Before getting behind the wheel, head online and test your tired self – it only takes a few minutes but it could save your life or that of a family member.
Visit www.testyourtiredself.com.au from your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer and take a fun interactive test to get some tips to avoid driving tired.
Alternatively, pay attention to the early warning signs, and if you're already on the road, look out for Rest Areas and Stop and Survive sites:
Watch for the early warning signs
The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure you have enough sleep before driving, regardless of the length of your trip. Drivers and motorcyclists can avoid fatigue crashes by recognising the early warning signs:
- Poor concentration
- Sore/tired eyes
- Slow reactions
Don't wait for a microsleep to happen when you're driving – by then it's too late. Pull over and stop when it is safe to do so, as soon as you experience any of these warning signs. Have a nap (20 minutes works best) or stop for a coffee if you are on a short trip (but remember caffeine won't help for long and doesn't work for everyone).*
* Caffeine is not suitable for some individuals and can be harmful. Limits on the daily consumption of caffeine are recommended.
Visit www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/fatigue for more information.