Signs of Fatigue (Dangerous Driving)

By Omid
Driving when you're fatigued is extremely dangerous. Fatigue isn't just about falling asleep behind the wheel; even two seconds of losing concentration on the road can have serious consequences. So, let's find out what the signs of driving fatigue are and how you can prevent it.

Warning Signs of Fatigue

There are various factors that can contribute to tired driving. For instance, you may be on a long holiday trip or simply not getting enough sleep. When you are fatigued, your brain can enter a state of microsleep, which can last anywhere from two to twenty seconds, and is something you cannot control. Here are some signs that you should look out for:

  • constant yawning
  • sore or heavy eyes (and slow eye movements)
  • trouble keeping your head up
  • having difficulty staying in the lane
  • unsteady driving speed
  • delayed/slower reactions
  • stiffness and cramps
  • difficulty remembering the last few kilometres

Let’s go through things you should do to avoid driver fatigue. Take a look at the list below and keep these tips in mind.

Tips to Avoid Driver Fatigue

Before going for a drive:

  • Avoid Long Drives After a Day's Work

It is important to not start a trip if you are already tired from work. Driving when you are exhausted can be dangerous and lead to accidents. Take a break and rest before embarking on a long drive.

  • Plan ahead.

If you're planning to go on a long road trip, work out your rest stops and overnight stops, if necessary.

  • Sleep early before the trip.

Take a good night's sleep the night before your trip. This way you'll have enough energy for driving.

  • Avoid driving at times you're normally sleeping.

Our body has an internal clock that makes us sleepier at certain times, so it is best to avoid driving during those times when we would usually be asleep.

  • Take precautions on medicines you're taking.

Get to know the effects of the medications you're taking. Some side effects of medicines can make you feel drowsy when you take them, so take that into consideration before driving.

During the drive:

  • Take frequent breaks. Be sure to take a break every two hours.
  • Get a driving companion. Have someone in the passenger seat who ensures you stay alert while driving.
  • Share the driving. If someone is available to switch seats with you, make sure to take a break from the wheel.
  • Never drive for more than 10 hours. Your body is sure to be exhausted if you drive for an extended period of time. No matter how many breaks you take in a single day, it will still take its toll on your body.

Never take risks when you're driving. If you start to feel any of the symptoms mentioned above, steer safely to the side of the road. It's better to take a moment to rest and recharge before getting back on the road.

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