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Fatigue is defined as a feeling of tiredness, apathy, lack of energy and weariness.
A feeling of indifference or not caring about what happens can also be a symptom of fatigue.
Let’s have a look at the Why, Where, When and How.
While fatigue can be a normal response to lack of sleep, boredom, long working hours and stress, it can also be a sign of a serious physical or psychological disorder.
Fatigue is the mental and physical impairment as a result of inadequate rest over a period of time.
We all need between 6-8 hours uninterrupted sleep each night. Fatigued drivers are at a high risk of nodding off and being involved in a road crash often at high speed. Fatigue driving is akin to driving over the legal drink driving limit.
A lack of quality sleep is primarily the cause of driver fatigue, if experienced over a period of time it can become chronic fatigue.
Common causes of driver fatigue are:
A driver’s fitness and general health (including proper eye glasses) can help to remain alert for the duration of both a professional and social journey. Fatigue can affect you any time of the day and it can affect your driving way before you actually fall asleep.
The common signs of driver fatigue are:
Modern vehicles, some with air suspension, automatic transmission, seating with multiple adjustment’s for greater comfort are much easier to drive than similar vehicles from another era. However, road, weather and traffic conditions require full concentration at all times at the beginning, middle and end of your journey.
Is it a big problem in Ireland?
Yes, fatigue is a cause of 20% of road crashes in the EU. (European Transport Safety Council ETSC) The crashes are often very serious involving disproportionately single vehicle crashes and indeed head on crashes could also be fatigue related. In Victoria Australia as many as 30% of severe single vehicle crashes in rural areas are believed to be associated with driver fatigue.
Who is at risk?
Shift workers, they often switch between night work, evening (lates) and early morning starts and despite even fair rostering it’s hard to adjust adequately to the various changes. This can lead to disrupted sleep patterns. Young people often have late nights, not getting enough sleep and on the roads late at night. People already diagnosed with sleep disorder. All drivers can be subject to fatigue especially when mixed with alcohol and or drugs, even prescribed drugs.
Recommendations for combating fatigue
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