Arrive Alive

Driver Fatigue - Who is most at Risk?

All Drivers who Are:

  • Sleep-deprived or fatigued
  • Driving long distances without rest breaks
  • Driving through the night, the early afternoon, or at other times when they are normally asleep
  • Taking medication that increases sleepiness or drinking alcohol
  • Driving alone
  • Driving on long, rural, boring roads
  • Frequent travelers, e.g., business travelers

Young People

Sleep-related crashes are most common in young people, who tend to stay up late, sleep too little, and drive at night.

Shift Workers

Studies suggest that 20 to 30% of those with non- traditional work schedules have had a fatigue-related driving mishap within the last year. The drive home from work after the night shift is likely to be a particularly dangerous one.

Commercial Drivers

Truck drivers are especially susceptible to fatigue-related crashes. In addition to the high number of miles driven each year, many truckers may drive during the night when the body is sleepiest. Truckers may also have a high prevalence of a sleep and breathing disorder called sleep apnea. Studies suggest truck-driver fatigue may be a contributing factor in at least 30 to 40 percent of all heavy truck accidents.

People with Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders

The presence of a sleep disorder increases the risk of crashes. Disorders such as chronic insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy, all of which lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, afflict potential motorists. Most people with sleep disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated. Sleep apnea occurs in 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women. The disorder is associated with a three to seven time increase in crash risk.

Also view:

Driver Fatigue and Road Safety

Energy Drinks, Driver Alertness/ Tiredness and Safe Driving 

 

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

Fatigue and Road Safety [Fleetwatch info for fleet operators]

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

European Report on Fatigue

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

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

Road Safety near Construction Zones / Roadworks

Road Safety near Construction Zones / Roadworks

Introduction and Overview Increased infrastructure spending and funding for road construction have led to a significant increase in the number of highway construction projects around South Africa. The safety of road users and workers is a concern on roads and highways worldwide. Thousands of people

Read More

Safety of workers and flagmen in areas of road construction

Safety of workers and flagmen in areas of road construction

Workers in areas of road construction are worthy of protection. On the Arrive Alive website, we find information on safe driving in areas of construction activity. The most important safety precaution for drivers is to obey the Rules of the Road, road signage and the directions from flagmen. This

Read More

Vehicle Checklist, Roadworthiness and Safe Driving

Vehicle Checklist, Roadworthiness and Safe Driving

Before every drive, we need to perform a few safety checks in and around the vehicle. When we go for a long drive such as for the holidays this is even more important and the list to check becomes a bit more comprehensive! Our vehicle safety check needs to identify potential hazards and prevent additional

Read More

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Background info Road Safety requires not only driver fitness but vehicle fitness. A well-maintained vehicle not only speaks volumes about the owner but will protect the owner on the road. Many accidents caused by vehicle failure can be prevented and many stranded motorists face the preventable

Read More

Vehicle maintenance and safety guide to roadworthiness of vehicles

Vehicle maintenance and safety guide to roadworthiness of vehicles

Vehicle roadworthiness is one of the important requirements for the safety of all our road users. On the Arrive Alive website, we refer to contributing factors to vehicle crashes concerning three categories - driver fitness, vehicle fitness and environmental factors. With the assistance of our road

Read More

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Manufacturers deliver vehicles which cater for the average driver and have settings that will provide the best (erring on the conservative) in terms of longevity, economy, ride comfort, performance. That satisfies most drivers but some, quite possibly because they can’t find/afford a “performance”

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All