The Industry Road Safety Alliance is partnering with South West Roadwise Committees and the Road Safety Commission to better understand drivers’ knowledge and attitude around fatigue and help avoid the impacts of driving while tired.
Did you know that 70 per cent of serious crashes involve fatigue? Or that being awake for 17-19 hours renders your reaction time equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of 0.05?
You might be horrified to know you would cover more than 150 metres with your eyes closed if you were travelling at 110km/h during a 5-second microsleep.
Although they might give you a quick pick-me-up, caffeine and energy drinks only offer a short-term remedy.
There is only one way to prevent fatigue, and that is to get enough sleep.
Help us better understand your knowledge and attitude towards driver fatigue.
Participants who complete this pre-survey and the post-survey in November will go in the draw for one of two $100 vouchers for the Bunbury Farmers Market drawn just in time for Christmas.
Find the survey here: surveymonkey.com/r/swdriverfatigue
Other tips to avoid impacts of fatigue include:
- Keep hydrated by drinking water regularly
- Get out of the car when stopping for food or drinks
- Pull over and have a power nap (no more than 20 minutes)
- Get plenty of sleep the night before driving
- Avoid long hours of driving, particularly after work or at night
- Swap drivers regularly where possible
- Make regular stops at least every two hours
Thanks to Road Safety Commission, the Road Trauma Trust Account and the Minister of Road Safety.
Don’t trust your tired self.