Fatigue is a condition that affects everyone. Although typically associated with long-distance driving, fatigue can set in after a long day at work, an outing at the beach, or virtually any activity. Circadian rhythm, the body’s natural rhythm associated with the earth’s rotation, causes nearly everyone to be less alert or even drowsy between 1 and 5 p.m.
Signs to look out for:
- You keep yawning
- Your reactions slow down
- You feel stiff your eyes feel heavy
- You find you are daydreaming
- You wander over the centre line or
- On to the edge of the road
What to do if you feel tired:
- take a break at least every 2 hours.
- plan to stay somewhere overnight if you are going on a long journey.
- Share the driving – and make sure you rest when you are not driving.
- try not to drive when you would normally be asleep (early mornings and late nights)