Failure to prioritise sleep, leading to sleep deprivation. Failure to recognise the danger of this, and driving.
• Recognising the crucial importance of sleep in mental alertness and concentration.
• Not driving when tired.
• Drive at times when you are usually awake.
• Drink caffeine.
• A light snack can help you wake up
• Being aware of danger signs, including heavy eyelids, yawning, drifting into another lane, not remembering the last few kilometres driven, or struggling to focus.
• If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t just wind down the window. Pull over and take a 20-minute nap, or if you can, change drivers.
• A study in Australia showed that cognitive impairment after approximately 18 hours awake is approximately equivalent to a person with a blood alcohol content of 0.05%. 0.08% is considered legally drunk.
• After 24 hours awake, it is closer to 0.10%
• In 2015, 2.3 per cent (824) of the road deaths in the US reportedly involved drowsy driving
• Drowsy driving is thought to be a highly under reported cause of many car accidents
• Shift workers, commercial drivers, people taking sedative medications, those with undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders are at greater risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
• Adults aged 18 – 29 are most likely to drive drowsy
• Men are more likely than women to drive drowsy, and to fall asleep at the wheel.
• Even if you haven’t been drinking, driving while tired can slow your reaction times and thinking enough to cause an accident