Don’t remember the last few kilometres you drove? Missed an exit off the road? Had a near miss or collision? Crossed a lane when you shouldn’t have? Been slow to react or late to brake? If any of the above sound familiar then you have probably experienced driver fatigue.
Liberty Insurance has revealed some interesting yet alarming new insights into driver fatigue with some interesting findings for GAA fans that travel to games. New research on driver fatigue was recently carried out by Millward Brown on behalf of Liberty Insurance as part of the ongoing #DriveSafer campaign.
39% of GAA fans admitted to driving after less than 5 hours sleep and 53% experienced an incident such as those highlighted in the infographic. The research also found that GAA fans are more likely than other drivers nationwide to plan for the journey ahead.
Annette Ní Dhathlaoí, Head of Marketing, Liberty Insurance said; “Our research has revealed some interesting but alarming insights into driver fatigue. Devoted GAA fans spend a lot of time on the road supporting their teams throughout the Championships; as Safe Driving Partner to the GAA we want to enhance their enjoyment by ensuring they stay safe on their travels.”
Former Kilkenny Hurler and five time All Ireland medal winner DJ Carey spoke of the research findings: “Addressing driver fatigue is important and one that all GAA players and supporters that travel to games should be very conscious of. I encourage everyone making the trip to Croke Park this weekend to get a good night’s sleep, plan ahead, take a break when you need to and arrive safely for the throw-in.”
Some quick and helpful tips to #DriveSafer and avoid driver fatigue:
Plan the route in advance and take note of rest areas where you can take a break, have a refreshment to stay hydrated and stop and stretch your legs
Make sure you’re well rested, especially before a long journey • Avoid driving alone on long-distance trips. Passengers can both share in the driving and participate in conversation, which can help you stay awake.
Allow yourself ample time to reach your destination so you can take advisably frequent breaks. Try to stop about every two hours, or every 150kms.
Make a point of getting out of the car and walking at least a short distance, where it is safe to do.
Driving for long periods at night makes fatigue much more likely. By avoiding travelling during these hours, you escape the glaring dashboard and road lights. That alone will help decrease your risk of motorway hypnosis.
Finally, if you’re losing the battle against fatigue, stop and rest in a safe place.
Visit Liberty’s Facebook or Twitter pages for more driver fatigue prevention advice or share your own tips using the #drivesafer. There is also a Driver Fatigue Prevention Guide available to download for free from Mummypages.