Are you planning on hitting the road for a vacation getaway? Did you know that driver fatigue is one of the greatest contributors to death on Australian roads. In fact, it is considered as one of the three big killers on New South Wales (NSW) roads, along with speeding and drink driving, according to NSW Centre for Road Safety.
Fatigue can severely impair judgment and can affect anyone. It is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is decreased ability to judge our own level of tiredness.
Many motorists don't realise they are too tired to drive until they fall asleep at the wheel. Symptoms vary between drivers, but may include the following:
Remember that if you experience any of these symptoms, it is possible that your driving ability is already impaired.
Planning by drivers is the key to avoiding fatigue. Make sure you are not feeling too tired before hitting the road. Furthermore, drivers should ensure that:
Bushells Driver Reviver sites open right across Australia in some 220 locations. The Driver Reviver Program is supported by both Government and community.
They offer a free snack, a cup of Bushells Tea or a coffee. Local volunteers are on hand to offer advice about road conditions, places of interest and places to stay.