Driving while sleep-deprived has reached worrying levels in Australia, with 20 per cent of respondents to a new survey admitting they have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once.
Of those, 5 per cent said they had a car accident in the past year because they dozed off or were too tired.
29% of people drive when drowsy at least every month!
Drowsy Driving accidents in Australia are estimated to cost the community more than $2 billion per year.
Which drivers are at risk for ‘drowsy driving’?
- Those groups of drivers considered at greatest risk of being involved in a drowsy driving-related accident are:
- young drivers
- shift workers (including heavy vehicle drivers)
- drivers with sleep disorders
Important facts about drowsy driving
- Driving while you are tired can make your driving worse than if you have been drinking alcohol.
- People under 25 are most at risk.
- If you work shifts, you need to be careful that you are not too sleepy to drive.
- If you are drowsy, a 20 minute power nap is long enough to lower your risk of a crash.
What are the ten critical signs of driver fatigue?
- Constant yawning
- Drifting in your lane of traffic.
- Sore or heavy eyes.
- Trouble keeping your head up.
- Delayed reactions.
- Loss of attention.
- You can’t remember driving the last few kilometres.
- You start to see things that are not there.
- Your eyes close for a moment or go out of focus.
- Mood swings such as irritability or boredom.
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