Fatigue is tiredness, weariness or exhaustion. You can be fatigued enough for it to impair your driving long before you 'nod off' at the wheel - which is an extreme form of fatigue.
In 2019, fatigue was a contributing factor in 17 fatal crashes, 85 serious injury crashes and 491 minor injury crashes.
Driver fatigue is difficult to identify or recognise as contributing to a crash. This means it's likely that fatigue is under-recorded, and contributes to more crashes than we realise. Fatigue needs to be taken very seriously.
These effects lead to a high number of single vehicle crashes involving a car striking a tree or other rigid object, and severe head-on collisions.
Common myths - Coffee, music, fresh air will only help with fatigue for the short term. Stopping and getting a good night's sleep is the only cure.
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20 October 2020
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