Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fatigue? Don't drive tired

Fatigue? Don't drive tired
Studies have shown that drivers don’t fall asleep without warning. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel have often tried to fight off drowsiness by opening a window, or by turning up the radio. This doesn't work for long.
THINK! Advice
Plan your journey to include a 15-minute break every two hours.
Don't start a long trip if you're already tired.
Remember the risks if you have to get up unusually early to start a long drive.
Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am when you're likely to feel sleepy anyway.
If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop - not the hard-shoulder of a motorway. Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow time for the caffeine to kick in.
Remember, the only real cure for sleepiness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink or a nap is a short-term solution that will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.

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