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Effective Countermeasures

EFFECTIVE COUNTERMEASURES

Before motorists embark on their trips, they should:

  • Get a good night's sleep. While this varies from individual to individual, the average person requires about 8 hours of sleep a night.

  • Plan to drive long trips with a companion. Passengers can help look for early warning signs of fatigue or switch drivers when needed. Passengers should stay awake to talk to the driver.

  • Schedule regular stops, every 160 kilometers or 2 hours.

  • Avoid alcohol and medications (over-the-counter and prescribed) that may impair performance. Alcohol interacts with fatigue; increasing its effects — just like drinking on an empty stomach.

  • Consult their physicians or a local sleep disorders center for diagnosis and treatment if they suffer frequent daytime sleepiness, have difficulty sleeping at night often, and/or snore loudly every night.

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Blood Pressure, Driver Fitness and Safe Driving

Blood Pressure, Driver Fitness and Safe Driving

Introduction In some crash reports, we are informed that the driver lost control of his vehicle after suffering “a medical episode”. This most often includes having suffered a heart attack, stroke, fainting etc. In this section, we would like to investigate how blood pressure impacts

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Road Trauma and Trauma Counselling for Road Crash Victims

Road Trauma and Trauma Counselling for Road Crash Victims

Introduction More than 14,000 people died on the roads of South Africa in 2017. These are only the official road fatality numbers and do not refer to the tens of thousands who are mutilated, injured physically or left traumatized! Even though we find included on the Arrive Alive website information

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The Trucking and Freight Industry and Trauma Counselling

The Trucking and Freight Industry and Trauma Counselling

Introduction We all experience trauma at some stage in our lives. It may be the loss of a loved one or being involved in a traumatic incident such as a road crash, hijacking smash and grab etc. This may have a very negative impact on how we continue to live our lives and respond to negativity and

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Road Rage

Road Rage

Defining Road Rage Road rage is referred to as “incidents of angry and aggressive driving”. It is defined as an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger/s of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger/s of another motor vehicle or is caused

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The Child Pedestrian and Blind Spots Around Trucks

The Child Pedestrian and Blind Spots Around Trucks

On the Arrive Alive website, we share information on defensive driving behavior and sharing the roads safely with other road users. This includes the need for an alertness to specific high-risk areas and threats such as the blind spots around vehicles. The risks of blind spot driving are increased

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Trauma Counseling and Road Crashes

Trauma Counseling and Road Crashes

Background Information Trauma can be defined as a bodily and/or mental injury caused by an external agent. When a person encounters a traumatic experience, he/she becomes an injured person that suffers from physical and emotional wounds. The word “Trauma” is derived from the Greek word

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