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27 July 2011

Asleep behind the wheel

There is no place like home, but the holidays are great for getting away. Just be certain that you arrive there safely.

There is no place like home, but the holidays are great for getting away. Just be certain that you arrive there safely.

Driver fatigue and reckless overtaking are other major factors resulting in many accidents. A safe following distance can also help prevent accidents.

  • Have a good night's rest before a long trip - at least 8 hours for adults and 8.5 to 9.25 hours for teenagers.
  • On long trips, take along a passenger who stays awake talking to the driver.
  • Schedule regular stops - every two hours.
  • Avoid alcohol or medications that may impair you.
  • Recognise signs of fatigue - drifting from your lane, hitting strips, repeated yawning, trouble keeping your eyes open, or missing road signs.
  • If you are tired, pull into a rest area and sleep for 15 to 45 minutes.
  • Drink coffee - but remember it takes about 30 minutes for the caffeine to enter into your bloodstream.
  • Make sure your car (tyres and brakes included) is in a sound mechanical condition
  • Minimise your night-time travelling – between 02h00 and 06h00 you are most likely to have an accident
  • Stick to the traffic rules and the speed limits – remember speed kills
  • Be patient in the traffic – better late than never

 
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