Arrive Alive

Learn About Your Health - Fatigue

All drivers have to be alert behind the wheel at all times. Unexpected events on the road, like a pedestrian crossing the road without looking out for traffic or a vehicle slamming on brakes right in front of you without any warning, needs quick thinking and fast action – something you cannot do when you are tired!

WHAT IS FATIGUE?

Fatigue is a lack of physical strength, a feeling of being tired or exhausted, that causes difficulty in moving the arms, legs and other muscles.

WHAT CAUSES FATIGUE?

  • Lack of exercise 
  • Stress in the work environment 
  • Poor sleeping habits 
  • Depression 
  • Boredom or monotonous working conditions

Colds and flue sometimes cause fatigue, although the symptoms of fatigue will disappear as the cold runs its course.

DRIVER FATIGUE:

It is a given fact that long distance drivers suffer from driver fatigue due to the long, boring hours spent behind the wheel, poor sleeping habits and the lack of exercise. You could be suffering form driver fatigue if:

  • Your eyes go out of focus by themselves, you battle to see properly. 
  • You have trouble keeping your head up. 
  • You can’t stop yawning. 
  • You can’t concentrate and you lose track of time.
  • You battle to keep an even speed and keep drifting out of your lane. 
  • You don’t remember driving the last few miles. 
  • You miss the highway off-ramp that you are supposed to take.

HOW TO COMBAT DRIVER FATIGUE:

  • A driver should be allowed to stop for a 10 minute rest after each 2 to 4 hour driving period.
  • Always get a good night’s sleep before you drive. 
  • Don’t drive when you are tired – choose a safe place to stop and REST! 
  • Make sure you get plenty of fresh air while you drive. 
  • Don’t depend on coffee or drugs to keep you awake. 
  • Keep your eyes moving, by regularly checking your mirrors, speed and the road ahead. 
  • In winter, don’t drive with the heater blowing in your face – it will make you sleepy.
  • Don’t drive with the cab light on – it strains your eyes and distorts your vision.

HOME TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE:

  • Regular exercise is you best bet. If you feel too tired to exercise, try walking a short, brisk walk. 
  • Eat a well balanced diet. 
  • Recognize the symptoms of depression and seek professional help is you feel you are not coping. 
  • Limit drugs like tranquilizers, cold and allergy medications which could contribute to fatigue.
  • Reduce your use of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.

CHRONIC FATIGUE:

Chronic Fatigue is a flu-like illness that causes severe fatigue lasting longer than 6 months. Call your doctor if unexplained fatigue is severe, persistent and interferes with your activities for more than two weeks despite home treatment.

 

Also view:

Driver Fatigue and Safe Driving

Actions for the Drowsy Driver

Fatigue and Road Safety

 

We would like to advise visitors to also view these other pages:

Driver tiredness is one of the most significant threats to safety of all road users. This is often seen as one of the "driver distractions" taking the eyes and concentration of the driver away from driving. Driver tiredness often leads to head-on collisions and rollover crashes.

On the Arrive Alive website this is discussed on several pages with reference to Driver tiredness, Driver Fatigue and Drowsiness.

Driver Fatigue and Road Safety

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driver-Fatigue

Driver Tiredness

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driver-Tiredness

Facts about Drowsy Driving Internationally

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Facts-About-Drowsy-Driving-Internationally

European Report on Fatigue

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/documents/fatigue_Report.pdf

Driver Fatigue -Who is most ar Risk?

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driver-Fatigue-Who-is-most-at-Risk

Actions for the Drowsy Driver

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Actions-For-The-Drowsy-Driver

Energy Drinks, Driver Alertness and Safe Driving

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Energy-Drinks-Driver-Alertness-Tiredness-and-Safe-Driving

Endurance Sports, Driver Fatigue and Road Safety

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Endurance-Sports-Driver-Fatigue-and-Road-Safety

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Feet, Footwear and Safe Driving

Feet, Footwear and Safe Driving

Crash avoidance and bringing the vehicle to a sudden stop requires not only effective brakes but also the ability to react swiftly and apply adequate pressure to the brake pedal. Despite this awareness, few drivers pay enough attention to the footwear that would best enable them to control their vehicles

Read More

Eating behind the Steering Wheel and Distracted Driving

Eating behind the Steering Wheel and Distracted Driving

Introduction The first thought for most on distracted driving is about texting while driving and drunk driving. Eating while driving is, however, one of the most common forms of distracted driving. With a fast-paced modern life and drivers rushing from one responsibility to another fast food and

Read More

Roadside Litter, Environmental Protection and Road Safety

Roadside Litter, Environmental Protection and Road Safety

Introduction South Africa is a beautiful country and one of the best places for a road trip. Sadly, too many road users are guilty of spoiling its beauty when they litter from their vehicles. Litter does not only reflect badly on our community but comes at a terrible cost with a far-reaching impact

Read More

Healthy Eating, Driver Fitness and Safer Driving

Healthy Eating, Driver Fitness and Safer Driving

Driver error is one of the major contributors to vehicle crashes. It is not only the reckless disregard for the rules of the road through speeding and impaired driving that we need to be concerned about, but also other factors such as driver fatigue/ tiredness, distracted driving and our failure to remain

Read More

Avoiding Distractions whilst Driving

Avoiding Distractions whilst Driving

Introduction It is important to stay alert at all times – and to act with extreme caution when climbing behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Not only does the driver have to avoid distractions – but passengers have to ensure that they are not the cause of such distractions. To

Read More

Clearing the Scene of a Road Crash

Clearing the Scene of a Road Crash

Once a road crash has occurred, many different services arrive on the scene with a wide variety of activities taking place. The first hour after an accident is called the Golden Hour – physicians say seriously injured car crash victims need to reach comprehensive medical care within 60 minutes

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All