As motorists, we are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence and the risks of using a cell phone while driving. However, with the festive season fast approaching, motorists also need to be aware of the dangers associated with driver fatigue. Before embarking on your journey, it is important that your vehicle is roadworthy and you are well rested.
What is driver fatigue
Driver fatigue refers to feeling tired or drowsy while driving. According to motorcar insurance companies, driver fatigue and people falling asleep behind the wheel are some of the main causes of accidents. Although driver fatigue is associated with motorists who are traveling over long distances, it can also be the result of a long day at work.
Signs of driver fatigue
- Constant yawning.
- Loss of concentration.
- Day dreaming/struggling to remain focused.
- Battling to keep your eyes open.
Tips on how to avoid driver fatigue
- Make sure you are well rested before embarking on your journey.
- Don’t consume caffeine or alcohol the night before you leave.
- It is advised that drivers take a break regularly, and have a healthy snack to eat.
- If you are going to be traveling far, you should consider breaking the trip up over two days and arrange to stay somewhere overnight.
- If possible, split the driving with someone else.
- If you feel drowsy or you are battling to keep your eyes open, pull over at a designated rest stop and take a break.
Before you set off for your holiday destination, make sure you plan your route carefully and know where all the designated rest areas are. It is also important that you check your oil, water, lights, windscreen wipers and tyre pressure before you leave.
Make sure you have reliable coverage. For an affordable motor insurance quote, contact iWYZE.
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