TIRED DRIVING STATS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Did you know that a driver who has been awake for 17 hours has a driving ability similar to that of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05% and after 21 hours, similar to a BAC of 0.15%?Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous because it affects everyone, no matter how experienced a driver is. Driving when becoming sleepy is a high risk behaviour. Queensland Police Service (pictured Senior Constable Casandra Hill) want you to know fatigue is one of the top five factors contributing to road crashes. Fatigue isn’t just falling asleep at the wheel; it’s also lapses in concentration experienced by drivers that have serious consequences.In Queensland, between 2008 and 2013, more than 15% of fatalities were identified as being fatigue-related crashes. The actual number may be much higher as it can be difficult to identify fatigue as a causal factor. Avoid fatigue. Avoid driving at night when your body naturally wants to sleep. When driving long distances plan to stop for at least 15 minutes every two hours. Avoid long drives after work. Remember to take efficient breaks; on long drives, a momentary lapse of concentration can end in tragedy.Understand whether any medicine you are taking might affect your driving. Stop, Revive, Survive…. Don’t meet us by accident.