Having wandering, disconnected thoughts
Driving the past few kilometres without
Drifting between lanes, tailgating or
missing traffic signs
Noticing a vehicle in the rear view mirror
that seemed to appear out of nowhere
Most fatigue-related collisions happen
between 1 - 4 p.m. and early in the
morning between 2 - 6 a.m. Typically,
fatigue-related collisions occur at higher
speeds and can result in drivers running off
the road or vehicles colliding head-on with
other vehicles or stationary objects.
How to reduce driver fatigue
Turning up the radio, opening a window,
drinking coffee, chewing gum or eating will
help reduce driver fatigue for short periods
of time but the following actions will help
prevent driver fatigue:
Become aware of your own biological
clock and avoid driving during your
bodys down time.
Stop if you become sleepy while
on the road.
Get plenty of sleep the night
before a long trip.
Avoid working all day and then driving
all night. Stay overnight rather than
driving straight through.
Schedule a break every two hours or
every 160 km. Stretch or take a walk to
get some fresh air.
Take a mid-afternoon break.
Have a 20-40 minute nap.
Travel with an awake and alert passenger.
Having someone to chat with will keep
the driver awake and the passenger
can also let the driver know if he/she is
showing any signs of fatigue.
Crossing railway tracks can be especially
hazardous for drivers of large vehicles
because of the following:
Longer vehicles need to travel further
and will need more time to clear a
Heavier vehicles take more time and
need more room to stop before a
Larger vehicles are more likely to derail
a train if there is a collision.
Slow down, shift to a lower gear if you
have a manual transmission, and test
Check for traffic behind you and then
Stop no closer than five metres (about
16 feet) and no further than 15 metres
(about 49 feet) from the nearest rail.
To better hear a train, roll down the
window and reduce any noise inside the
While stopped, look carefully in each
direction for approaching trains. Look
around obstructions such as mirrors
and windshield pillars.
When waiting, put on your park brakes
so that you will not move onto the track.