Modes of Transportation

Fatigue and Motorcycles: Prevention and Solutions

Riding a motorcycle requires more physical effort and concentration than driving a car. If you are tired, you will be less alert. It is important to be in great shape before hitting the road on a motorcycle.

Fatigue and its effects

Like alcohol, fatigue impairs drivers' faculties. Fatigue can, among other things:

  • reduce concentration
  • affect judgement and reflexes
  • reduce the field of vision, as if you were driving with blinders on

Fatigue is unforgiving, and its effects can play tricks on you.

Plan ahead for long motorcycle trips

  • Plan trips by taking into consideration the times when fatigue is most often felt.
  • Take breaks and stop regularly.
  • Avoid driving at night or at times you would normally sleep.
  • Slow down to avoid processing a large amount of information quickly, which, over time, brings on fatigue.
  • Wear protective gear adapted to weather conditions. Heat and cold increase fatigue.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated.
  • Eat light meals.

If, despite everything, you begin to feel drowsy, we recommend that you:

  • pull your motorcycle over into a safe location
  • take a break to stretch your muscles

Where is it safe to stop?

In the parking lot of a rest area, a roadside service area, a business or any other area where turning off the ignition is allowed without endangering your safety or the safety of others. You can also stop at a village-relais that provides a full range of traveller services.

The shoulder of the road: only in case of emergency

In addition to being prohibited on a highway, stopping on the shoulder is not safe, since there is a risk of collision with other vehicles.

Last update: May 30, 2022