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Driver fatigue is one of the biggest killer’s on the road and causes about 20% of motorway accidents.

Did you know that 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. Driver fatigue is often associated with long distance driving but can easily be seen in driver’s who have been working a long day or been tired out by an activity such as sport or an afternoon at the beach. Emotional stress, boredom and even sun glare can cause fatigue.

One of the reasons that driver fatigue accidents are so serious is because driver’s asleep at the wheel are not able to react or respond to a developing situation, and therefore cannot take action such as swerving to avoid something in the road, or braking early enough. Tiredness related accidents are 3 times more likely to result in serious injury or death due to the lack of reaction from the driver in a situation.

 

Facts:

  • Fatigue related accidents are more common when driving in the hours you should be sleeping i.e. 1am and 5am which is why it is illegal to drive between 11pm and 4am.
  • Adult males between 18 and 29 years old are more likely to drive tired.
  • Shift workers are more likely to drive drowsy.

 

Causes:

  • Heavy meals
  • Boredom
  • Genereal tiredness
  • Sun glare
  • Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep the night before

 

Recommendations:

  • Take a break! Take a break every 90mins from driving for about 15 minutes.

This is in fact the only thing that will work.

Pointer’s Intelligent driver monitoring system will notify you in real-time when your driver is:

  • Driving for too long without taking a rest break.
  • Driving more than his allocated driving hours for a day

You can even choose the level of severity (mild, moderate, severe) you want to be notified of and take necessary action to avoid an incident. This is Pointer’s approach to ensuring Driver Safety on our roads by building RTMS guidelines into Pointer Fleet Intelligence Systems.

Aiming for less fatigue related accidents is high on our list of things to do expertly. Contact us for more information on how we can help your drivers improve performance and reduce risky driving.

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