* As published in April Good Gabble Newzine
Driver Fatigue Alarm – A Micro - Sleep Warning Technology
A micro-sleep can kill in seconds!
With the Easter/Anzac Day long weekend happening this month many of us will be grabbing the opportunity to get away from home and take a well earned break. Come Thursday night many families will make the most of every hour they have and jump into the car straight after work for a long trip. At the end of the weekend many drive for hours in the rush to return home in time for work the next day. The tiredness kicks in but the adrenalin of the weekend takes over, placing us vulnerable to driver fatigue. The eyes feel droopy but home is only 5 kilometres away so the 'I'll be right' attitude kicks in.
Driver Fatigue is the silent killer. It can affect any motorist at anytime. You become restless, reach for the sugary food, feel the need for caffeine, turn up the music or wind down the window when instead what you should be doing is pulling over and taking a break. Statistics show that driver fatigue is a major factor in 20% of the annual road toll in Australia.
Common signs of drivers fatigue are:
§ Heavy or sore eyes
§ Blurred vision
§ Slowed reaction
§ Poor concentration
§ Not remembering the last few kilometres of your trip