Heading off on a long drive? Avoid driving tired as fatigue is a common cause of crashes on Victoria's roads. Like alcohol, fatigue slows your reaction time and affects concentration and decision-making skills which are crucial to safe driving. It doesn't matter how well you think you know the road or how much further you have to travel. If you're feeling drowsy, pull over.
Tips to avoid fatigue
• Use Driver Reviver sites to take regular breaks.
• Ensure you've had a good quality sleep prior to a long drive.
• Don't drive at times that you would ordinarily be sleeping.
• Never drink alcohol - even small quantities - before and during long trips.
• Share the driving when possible.
• Schedule regular pit stops - at least every hour-and-a-half.
What doesn't work
• Having a cup of coffee, tea or caffeine drink
• Winding down the window
• Turning up the air-conditioner
• Turning up music in the car (also a distraction)
What to do if you become drowsy while driving
• Find a safe place to stop and take a 15 minute powernap. Driver Reviver sites, available during most holiday periods, are ideal for this.
Driver reviver locations:
Road Safety tips thanks to Eclipse Ford.
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