Driving while tired (driver fatigue) is a serious problem on our Irish roads.Fatigue brings physiological changes in the body leading to loss of alertness and consequently poor driving.
Sometimes fatigued drivers momentarily fall asleep at the wheel.These are known as micro-sleeps.The eyes may be open,but the brain is not processing information.Micro-sleeps can last up to ten seconds.When they occur,no one is driving.
Warning Signs Of Fatigue
Driver fatigue is highly dangerous and the most appropriate action is to stop and take a break.
All drivers are vulnerable when driving long distances without rest breaks,but groups particularly at risk are:
Preventing Driver Fatigue
Driver Reviver Stops
The Mayo County Council operates Driver Reviver Stops on major roads from time to time,such as bank holiday weekends.Driver Reviver is a voluntary programme sponsored by Lyons Tea and supported by Statoil.Driver Reviver stops are a safe place where drivers can pull in for a rest break and enjoy a free cup of tea.
If no Driver Reviver stops are operating when you travel,make sure to stop somewhere safe and take a rest.
For more information log onto www.rsa.ie