The reward for driving while tired can be death!

Bit melodramatic for you this morning perhaps?

Think about the different circumstances that life throws at us though and it is easy to see the possibilities and many of them are normal life stuff.

A change of shift at work can take a while for the body and mind to adjust to. A bout of illness can have exactly the same effect. Something as expected as a night out can leave you driving tired just a few hours later than you normally would be.

It is so easy to roll off the old, ‘avoid driving tired’ routine when in real life all of the above are unavoidable.

So some practical advice:

  • Allow larger gaps between your vehicle and everything else because tiredness impairs judgement.
  • If you have to drive for more than half an hour take breaks.
  • Swap drivers at the half hour point if possible.
  • Open the drivers window – others may complain but having a driver refreshed by cooler air is better than experiencing a car crash.
  • When you take a break at least get out and walk about.
  • If possible when you take a break run cold water across your wrists and keep them there for a while.

If you find that your driving is impaired within your half hour driving time then you only have one further option:

Park safely and SLEEP!

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