Driver fatigue is also not just falling asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Losing focus on your driving task, missing important prompts on the road like road signs is also an indication of driver fatigue.
Research shows that most fatigue related crashes happens within twenty minutes from home or on trips of two hours or less.
Driver fatigue is one of the most under reported causes of crashes worldwide. Some countries estimate that driver fatigue is prevalent in as many as 30 percent of all injury crashes.
Again, there are various causes, but the following are the most common ones:
How can you reduce the risk of driver fatigue? Here are ten tips that may save a life:
Doing these things has not been proven to increase driver alertness.
Good drivers can read the road and traffic conditions to take evasive actions when needed. On the other hand dodgy drivers drive like zombies, unaware of what’s happening around them. This makes them and other road users extremely vulnerable.
Frequent yawning or blinking;
Difficulty to keep your eyes open;
Finding it difficult to maintain a constant speed;
Trouble staying focussed on your driving task;
Slow reactions, like braking too late;
Making incorrect choices;
Taking unnecessary risks;
Travel over some distance without remembering doing it;
Trouble keeping your head up;
Drifting all over the road, like over the centre line or too close to the side of the road
On short trips in town, take a taxi, catch the bus or ride with a friend or colleague.