Drowsy drivers cause accidents

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?

  1. Constant yawning
  2. Drifting in your lane of traffic.
  3. Sore or heavy eyes.
  4. Trouble keeping your head up.
  5. Delayed reactions.
  6. Loss of attention.
  7. You can’t remember driving the last few kilometres.
  8. You start to see things that are not there.
  9. Your eyes close for a moment or go out of focus.
  10. Mood swings such as irritability or boredom.


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