‘Drowsy’ warn­ing for Easter break

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

The Easter break pro­vides many peo­ple with an op­por­tu­nity to hit the road for a fi­nal hol­i­day be­fore the on­set of cooler weather.

But the break is also renowned as a time of po­ten­tial road trauma, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties to stress a need for mo­torists to take ex­tra care.

The Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion, along with po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices have warned of the dan­gers of driv­ers tack­ling rel­a­tively long jour­neys in short time frames dur­ing Easter.

They have tar­geted ‘drowsy driv­ing’ as dan­ger­ous and po­ten­tially deadly and pro­vided gen­eral mes­sages for peo­ple con­tem­plat­ing an Easter on the road.

Here are key points.

• If you are al­ready be­hind the wheel when you start to feel drowsy, the best rem­edy is to pull over and have a 15-minute pow­er­nap.

• You might think you can push through drowsi­ness, but you can not fight sleep. All day, sleep-in­duc­ing chem­i­cals build up in your brain. They even­tu­ally reach a tip­ping point, send­ing you off to sleep. This can hap­pen any­time and any­where. You have no con­trol over when or where this hap­pens, and it can hap­pen in an in­stant. The best way to avoid drowsy driv­ing is to get a good night’s sleep.

• When plan­ning your Easter road trip, work out the best places to break your driv­ing. Take ad­van­tage of the many free Driver Re­viver fa­cil­i­ties across Vic­to­ria. Again and most im­por­tantly, plan to get a good night’s sleep the night be­fore you head off and when you head home at the end of your break.

• Some signs that you are al­ready drowsy in­clude wind­ing down the win­dow or turn­ing up the ra­dio to stay awake – nei­ther of which will help. The only rem­edy for drowsi­ness is sleep.

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