Our police have seen enough horror smashes on the roads caused by fatigue.
So they know how driving tired is just as dangerous and deadly as drunk and drug driving.
And just as avoidable.
‘‘Research has shown that driver fatigue is a contributing factor in up to one third of serious crashes,’’ Senior Constable Mark Kennedy said.
‘‘Fatigue can seriously impair your ability to drive safely.’’
The best way to avoid drowsy driving is to get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re already behind the wheel when you start to feel drowsy, Snr Const Kennedy said the best remedy was to pull over and have a 15-minute powernap.
‘‘Often drivers do not realise when they are too tired to drive,’’ Snr Const Kennedy said.
He advises that the best way to avoid driver fatigue, especially on long journeys, was by taking the following steps.
●Get plenty of sleep before a long drive.
●Take regular rest stops. When on a break, take a short walk, or stop for refreshments.
●Make accommodation plans before leaving if you think you may need to stay somewhere overnight.
●Share the driving with a travelling companion.
●Take extra care when driving between midnight and 6am. During these hours, your body is most at risk from fatigue.
●Limit your speed on long drives.
●For more information on how to avoid drowsy driving, visit www.tac.vic.gov.au/road-safety/tac-campaigns/drowsy-driving