Avoid driver’s fatigue

There’s a lot of bad press (and for good reason) about the dangers of driving while using your cellphone or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These 2 circumstances are just a big no-no. Don’t update Facebook or add a pic of traffic to the gram while you’re winding your way home. And seriously, don’t drive if you’ve had a drink. It’s just not worth it when you consider the consequences.

What’s not talked about a lot is driving when you’re fatigued.

We’re not talking about driving when you’re feeling a bit tired and wishing you were back under the covers. We’re talking about driving when you’re properly drowsy and unable to concentrate on the road and what’s happening around you. Now, because driver fatigue is most often associated with drivers travelling over long distances and because the holiday season is just about upon us, we thought that it was the right time to talk about how dangerous this driving condition is and what you can do about it.

How you can tell if you’ve got driver’s fatigue

You might just be a bit moeg, you know? Or you could be on the verge of blinking your way into a little nap behind the wheel. The key differences lie in these following signs. If you start to experience any of these symptoms, then pull safely over at your earliest convenience. Don’t continue driving, whatever you do.

 Signs of driver’s fatigue:

  • You’re constantly yawning.
  • You have a noticeable loss of concentration.
  • You’re starting to day dream.
  • You’re struggling to focus (as in, things are looking blurry).
  • You’re battling to keep your eyes open. 

What you can do about it

With the festive season fast approaching, loads of us are heading out across the country for a spot of holiday fun. This means that many of us will be hitting the roads and in some cases, enduring lengthy road-trips.

To help you avoid driver’s fatigue, we’ve gathered these tips:

  • Rest well before your trip (no late nights, okay?).
  • Put an embargo on caffeine or alcohol the night before you leave.
  • Plot regular breaks for your trip so that you can snack and stretch your legs.
  • Consider breaking your trip up over 2 days and turn the travelling part of your holiday into an adventure.
  • If you can do this, then share the driving with another driver in the car.
  • Once you start to feel drowsy or you’re battling to keep your eyes open, pull over at a designated rest stop and take a break.

Right, so before you set off for your holiday destination, make sure you’ve planned your route so that you can drive as safely as possible. And then we also think you should make sure that you’ve got cover from the king. Our comprehensive car insurance comes with roadside assistance to help you out when things get tough on the road, like running out of fuel or breaking down unexpectedly.

Happy planning!

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