Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Plan Ahead for Your Easter Road Trip, Beat Fatigue

18 March 2008

Plan Ahead for Your Easter Road Trip and Beat Fatigue

Planning ahead and scheduling regular breaks into your road-trip could be a life-saving formula this Easter.

With New Zealanders gearing up to get away on their Easter break, ACC will be out reminding drivers to wake up to the dangers of fatigue. Tiredness and fatigue can often affect your driving ability long before you even notice you’re getting tired. But fatigue can be fatal.

In fact, in 2006 at least 40 people lost their lives while almost 1000 people were injured because they, or the driver of the car they were in, succumbed to fatigue.

“The best way to beat fatigue is to be aware of its dangers and how to prevent it,” said ACC’s Judy Buchanan, Programme Manager road safety.

“For a start, drivers should plan ahead so they’re in top condition for their trip. That means not working a full day and then driving for hours, but having a good night’s sleep before they get behind the wheel. Drivers should also give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations and schedule in regular breaks.”

Ms Buchanan said that is also true for shorter trips. Many fatigue crashes occur during journeys of only one or two hours because drivers think they can manage that distance without much sleep or planning.

“The only cure for fatigue is sleep,” she said. “The big message to drivers is that if they’re struggling to keep their eyes open, yawning repeatedly, day-dreaming, wandering in their lane, or unintentionally speeding up or slowing down, they must stop and sleep.

“A power nap of only twenty minutes can boost energy levels as well as improve driving skills and alertness. Best of all, those twenty minutes could prevent a devastating road crash,” Ms Buchanan said. Other fatigue-busting advice is to drink water, avoid dehydrating caffeine, eat fruit and healthy snacks rather than fatty and sugary food, and to stop every two hours to get out of the car for a break.

“ACC is reminding all its staff about the dangers of driver fatigue and we are encouraging other employers to do the same. Employers can play an important role in ensuring their staff return safely to work next Tuesday,” Judy Buchanan said.

ACC is teaming with Police and local authorities to run Driver Fatigue Stops around the country this Easter, and is also supporting State Insurance’s Driver Reviver stops.


www.acc.co.nz, and search for ‘driver fatigue’

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election