Driver Fatigue

By Sage Findlay

What is the issue?

Being fatigued ( aka tired) significantly increases the risk of a crash. It makes us less aware of what is happening on the road and impairs our ability to respond quickly and safely if a dangerous situation arises. Driver fatigue is believed to contribute to more than 30% of road crashes.

Statistics for teenagers

  • Adults between 18-29 are much more likely to drive while drowsy compared to other age groups
  • Adults with children in the household are more likely to drive drowsy than those without children
  • Shift workers are more likely than those who work a regular daytime schedule to drive to or from work drowsy at least a few days a month

Road Safety Initiative

One strategy to reduce the amount of crashes caused by driver fatigue is to have 'fatigue trivia' which is multiple questions on the side of the road.
E.g the first sign says a question such as what is the longest river in Australia?, and then km down the road is the answer then 1km after that is another question and so on. this makes drivers pay attention to the roads more as they have to think about the question and look out for the answer.
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