Did you know?
- Being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on performance as having a blood alcohol content of 0.051.
- Fatigue-related crashes are often severe (because you can’t brake when you are not conscious) and frequently occur when the driver is alone.
- Most sleep-related vehicle crashes happen between 2am and 6am, and between 2pm and 4pm2.
- Fatigue is not only an issue on long trips. Any driver can suffer tiredness, even on short trips. Over 50% of fatigue-related crashes happen within 25km of the departure point3.
Why driving when tired is dangerous
Fatigue is one of the top five factors contributing to road crashes. So plan to rest at least 15 minutes every 2 hours.
Caffeine is only a temporary solution. Turning up the radio won’t help for long, neither will winding down the window. The only fix for being tired is sleep so rest before you hit the road.