It is very difficult for drivers to accurately assess their own level of fatigue. The ability to self- assess becomes increasingly impaired as you get more fatigued, however the self-confidence in this ability remains. Nevertheless, there are some warning signs to look out for, including:
- Trouble focussing
- Head nodding, or inability to keep the eyes open
- Not remembering the last few minutes
- Poor judgement, slower reaction time
- Zoning out
- Daydreaming and wandering thoughts
- Constant yawning or rubbing your eyes
- Drifting in the lane
Keep in mind that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms of driver fatigue, it is very likely that your driving performance is already impaired.
- Fatigue is a deadly, yet silent killer that often goes unnoticed.
- Drivers tend to overestimate their capabilities and thus, do not know when to act on their tiredness.
- Do not drive if you are unwell, exhausted or tired from over-work, as ability to drive and coordinate becomes difficult when under stress, be it emotional or physical.