It's a long weekend in Australia this weekend and for many of us, this means jumping in the car and heading on a road trip. Being a short week, working longer days to cram a week's worth of work in is the status quo. Come the long weekend, you're exhausted but you've promised the family that you'll hit the road tonight to make the most of the short break. A coffee or two should be enough to keep you going, right?
Studies have shown that a driver who has slept for less than 5 hours has a crash risk comparable to someone drunk driving. In fact, sleeping 4 hours or less in a 24-hour period could increase your crash risk by up to 11.5 times. Despite drowsy driving being viewed as an unacceptable behaviour, the AAA Foundation in the USA found that one in three people surveyed admitted that at least once in the past month they had driven so tired that they struggled to keep their eyes open.
It's really important to get a good night's sleep before driving. If you're already driving when you begin to become drowsy, pull over for a power nap and ensure you give yourself enough time to wake up prior to setting off on the road again.