It’s the silly season, that means many people are trying to jam more into their lives in the lead-up to Christmas and the New Year.
Parties, family commitments, shopping, clearing work schedules and long-distance travel are all common at this time of the year and all that activity can have an effect.
That’s why the festive season is commonly referred to as the ‘driver fatigue season’ by road safety experts.
But there are things you can do to avoid being a fatigued motorist/human being, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The road safety authority recommends these steps to avoiding driver weariness.
Tips to avoid Festive Season fatigue:
- Plan your journey before you set off. Having a full understanding of your route allows the drive to be smoother and lets you know where you can take 20 minute breaks if needed.
- On long trips travel when you would normally be awake to minimise the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Driving between 12am and 6am and just after lunch are the times when our bodies would most like to be asleep.
- Don’t start a long trip if you feel exhausted. Prevention is better than cure. It’s better to ask someone else to drive or take public transport as opposed to putting yours and other lives at risk by being on the road.
- Take proper breaks every two hours and don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks alone. Caffeine based products are a temporary fix that will only allow you to stay awake for a short period of time.
- Implement a ‘buddy’ system. Driving with a partner on long trips can be the safest thing to do. You can take turns every two hours, whilst the other takes a nap or rests. Make sure you passengers are comfortable and the children have some activities to keep them occupied.
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