Recent studies indicate that fatigue driving causes major accidents. Around 20% of fatal road accidents involve driver fatigue. In 2013 alone, it was estimated that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths globally.
There are several reasons why people sleep behind the wheel:
Drowsy or fatigue driving slows reaction times, reduces vigilance and impairs information processing.
While driving while tired is not illegal, it may have adverse effects on yourself and other road users.
According to a recent report, 60% of adults admitted to driving while tired, while 37% admitted having fallen asleep behind the wheel!
Staying awake while driving is not rocket science. A simple way to avoid drowsiness is to take a ‘power nap’ for 30minutes to an hour before embarking on a long trip, or in between the trip. Just ensure that you are parked in a safe location. This could make up for deprived sleep of fatigue.
Below are several factors that will help you prevent fatigue:
So the next time you feel a little drowsy, don’t risk it. Fun driving!