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National Road Safety Week

Trucker Guide For Fatigue Management

As it's National Road Safety Week we wanted to share some tips and tricks to manage fatigue while you're on the road. When driving is part of your job (like our service technicians) fatigue is a major risk and it impacts the safety of other road users, your company and the wider community. If you would like more information about National Road Safety Week check out their website here or keep reading for more information on fatigue management.


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Are you constantly yawning?

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Are your eyes sore or heavy?

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Are you nodding your head?

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Is your speed irregular?

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Are you drifting?

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Are your reactions slow?

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Remember the last few kms?

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Did your eyes shut?


Fatigue is characterised by a feeling of extreme tiredness and a lack of energy, which can lead to difficulties in performing daily tasks and negatively impact overall well-being. There are many different causes of fatigue, ranging from simple lifestyle factors to underlying medical conditions. In this blog section, we will explore some of the most common causes of fatigue and what you can do to combat them.

1. Lack of sleep

One of the most common causes of fatigue is simply not getting enough sleep. Most adults require between 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function at their best, and consistently getting less than this can lead to feelings of tiredness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. If you are struggling with fatigue, try to make sure you are getting enough sleep each night by setting a consistent sleep schedule and creating a sleep-friendly environment.

2. Lack of quality sleep

It's not just the quantity of sleep that matters, but also the quality. If you frequently wake up during the night, snore loudly, or suffer from other sleep disturbances, you may not be getting the restful, restorative sleep your body needs. To improve the quality of your sleep, try avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evenings, establishing a relaxing bedtime routine, and creating a cool, dark, and quiet sleep environment.

3. Driving during times you’d naturally be sleeping (12am-6am)

For those who work night shifts or have to drive long distances, driving during times when you would normally be sleeping can lead to fatigue and an increased risk of accidents. If possible, try to avoid driving during these times and take regular breaks to stretch your legs and refresh your mind.

4. Skipping breaks

When you're busy at work, it can be tempting to skip breaks to get more done. However, this can actually be counterproductive, as taking regular breaks can help to refresh your mind and prevent burnout. If you're feeling tired or overwhelmed, take a short break to stretch, go for a walk, or chat with a coworker.

5. Extended shifts

Working long, extended shifts without adequate breaks can also lead to fatigue and burnout. If you work in an industry with long shifts, try to schedule regular breaks and make sure you are taking care of your physical and mental health during your time off.

6. Sleep disorders

Finally, underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnoea can also contribute to feelings of fatigue. If you are consistently struggling with tiredness despite getting enough sleep, it may be worth speaking to your doctor to rule out any underlying health issues.


To combat fatigue while driving, it's essential to take preventative measures before and during your journey. Here are some tips to help you stay alert and safe on the road:

  1. Make sure you regularly get enough sleep, most people need between 7 and 9 hours a day
  2. Remember that you have an increased crash risk driving between 12am-6am
  3. Plan your route before you go and map out where you’ll take a break
  4. Don’t start a long trip after a long day of work or if you feel tired
  5. Get medical advice if you regularly feel sleepy or have noticed problems with your sleep
  6. Be aware of the effects of medications you are taking
  7. Take a quick 15-20 minute power naps if you feel tired
  8. Take regular rest breaks every few hours to help reduce fatigue
  9. Drive for no more than eight hours within a 24-hour period if possible
  10. Avoid night driving if possible

Fatigue on the roads is dangerous and can cause accidents. If driving is part of your work make sure to take steps to manage your fatigue ... and remember that once you are fatigued the only cure is sleep!