A driver that is impaired by fatigue is just as dangerous as a driver
that is impaired by alcohol.
BURNABY, BC, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - How will you celebrate B.C.'s first
Family Day? If you are planning a road trip to visit family or friends,
remember to prepare yourself for the drive and rest up.
Unlike long road trips during the summer months, a road trip in the
middle of February will have additional challenges for drivers.
Winter road conditions - rain, ice and snow, as well as the lack of
daylight, mean that drivers have to be alert behind the wheel at all
times. Fatigue can impair brain and body functions as much as alcohol
does, and a driver that is impaired by fatigue is just as dangerous as
a driver that is impaired by alcohol.
According to Police reported data between 2007 and 2011, there was an
average of 820 fatigue‐related crashes, resulting in 560 injured
victims, and 17 fatalities annually throughout B.C.
BCAA reminds drivers to pay attention to the warning signs of driving
fatigue - blinking or yawning frequently, inability to remember the
last stretch of road driven, difficulty concentrating, slowing down,
and drifting over the centre line or on to the shoulder.
Tips for avoiding driver fatigue:
Plan ahead and get a good night's sleep before a long drive.
Share the driving with other passengers, but not teen drivers.
Take regular rest stops every couple of hours and do some sort of
Eat light meals or fruit and drink water throughout the journey.
If you do feel tired during the trip, a nap of twenty to forty minutes
is an effective way of reducing sleepiness
There are also normal, age-related changes in the amount of sleep, sleep
patterns and sleep disorders that increase with age. The ability of
healthy older adults to initiate and maintain a deep sleep decreases
with age. This can cause fatigue and could be a serious risk for older
drivers. There is also evidence that teens do not get enough sleep. A
teen's lack of sleep may increase their risk of a crash.
For more information about driver fatigue and other road safety concerns
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SOURCE: BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
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