Safety on the Road

Fatigue, teenagers and road crashes

Fatigue in Teenagers

Teenagers who sleep for less than 8 hours, are 1/3 more likely to be involved in a crash than those who sleep for more than 8 hours, Drowsiness similar to alcohol in how it compromises driving ability by reducing awareness. Drowsiness is similar to alcohol in how it compromises driving ability by reducing alertness and attentiveness, delaying reaction times, and hindering decision-making skills.

Ways of Reducing Fatigure Related Crashes in Teenagers

The only way to address fatigue is by sleeping. Make a choice not to drive when tired or follow these guidelines to prevent fatigue:

  • get a good night's sleep before heading off on a long trip
  • don't travel for more than eight to ten hours a day
  • take regular breaks – at least every two hours
  • share the driving wherever possible
  • don't drink alcohol before your trip. Even a small amount can significantly contribute to driver fatigue
  • don't travel at times when you'd usually be sleeping
  • take a 15 minute power nap if you feel yourself becoming drowsy