Beware of myths surrounding driver fatigue! Drinking coffee, rolling down a window or turning up the radio are not effective solutions.
“Drinking coffee equals 2 hours of sleep and helps me travel a greater distance.”
Energy drinks are no better!
Sandra Veilleux remembers: “I drank energy drinks, rolled down the window, turned up the music… none of those tricks work. Not a day goes by where I don't feel pain in my ankle. I have had lots of after-effects, from a psychological standpoint as well. It's hard to get over it.”
Sandra was involved in a traffic accident caused by fatigue.
“My trick is to roll down the window to get a little fresh air. This is reinvigorating and helps me continue on my way.”
“I am an experienced driver with good reflexes. I am able to react quickly – fatigue doesn't really affect my ability to drive.”
“Over the past years, I've gotten used to sleeping fewer hours. My body is used to it.”
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You cannot control driver fatigue! You cannot “decide” to feel less tired. Your body decides!
Willpower, driving experience, motivation and all the “tricks” to fight fatigue won't change anything.
When you start to feel the signs of fatigue, the only real safe solution is to stop to take a break to stretch your legs or take a 15 to 30 minute nap, ideally.
When you think about it, a 15-minute break in a safe spot is much better that a big crash a little further down the road!