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Driver Fatigue

Council is partnering with the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Lane Cove Council and local organisations to highlight the hazards of driver fatigue to high risk groups such as shift workers and people who work long hours.

Fatigue-related crashes are a significant issue in the City of Ryde. RMS data shows that for the first time in at least 10 years, there were more crashes involving fatigue than involving speed.

Warning Signs

Key crash times are identified as being early morning and early afternoon.

Fatigue symptoms to look out for include:

  • Yawning
  • Boredom
  • Poor concentration
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Tired eyes
  • Slow reactions
  • Oversteering

How to Reduce Driver Fatigue

There are some easy ways to reduce driver fatigue, including:

  • Get 7 - 8 hours sleep
  • Plan your trip
  • Take a break every two hours
  • Avoid driving from 12 midnight - 6am and 1 - 3pm where possible
  • Share the driving
  • If you are using medications, check with your doctor before driving
  • Inform your manager and doctor if you are regularly feeling tired
  • Delay your trip if you feel too tired

For more information see the Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety website.

Last updated on 4 August 2015