Driver Fatigue Crash Reported

Sleepy driver blamed for five-car pile up on Sydney Harbour Bridge A driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a taxi causing a five-vehicle pile-up and traffic chaos on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning (25th February 2015) A woman allegedly fell asleep at the wheel causing a five-car pile up on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Police confirmed the woman, thought to be in her mid-30s, dozed off before drifting her van into oncoming traffic just before 7am. The crash immediately closed off four lanes of traffic as police and ambulance services arrived. The crash created queues all the way back to the City West Link near Ashfield, the Gore Hill Freeway to Willoughby, past the Spit Bridge to the north and past the Gladesville Bridge from the north-west. Read more

Facts and Stats.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel! In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. Four percent – approximately eleven million drivers – admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off…

Stop Revive Survive

Watch for the early warning signs The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure you have enough sleep before driving, regardless of the length of your trip. Drivers and motorcyclists can avoid fatigue crashes by recognising the early warning signs: Yawning Poor concentration Sore/tired eyes Restlessness Drowsiness Slow reactions Boredom Oversteering Don’t wait for a micro-sleep – by then it’s too late. Pull over and stop when it is safe to do so, as soon as you experience any of these warning signs. Have a nap (20 minutes works best) or stop for a coffee if you are…

Micro-sleeps mean danger.

A micro-sleep is a brief and unintended episode of sleep. It can cost you your life if it happens when you’re behind the wheel. Characterised by head snapping, nodding or closing your eyes, micro-sleeps commonly occur when you try to stay awake while performing monotonous tasks, including driving. Micro-sleeps can last from a fraction of a second to a few minutes. During a four-second micro-sleep, a car travelling at 100 km/h will travel 111 metres while completely out of the driver’s control. The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure…