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Safe Driver Episode 2 : Fatigue while driving
Launched in 2017, the campaign aims to raise awareness of road risks among Total’s employees and contractors while offering educational content on the basic rules of driving. The second episode deals with fatigue while driving.
FATIGUE WHILE DRIVING
The truck driver veered off the road and hit a tree.
He had brushed off the warning signs of fatigue and nodded off at the wheel.
He closed his eyes for just 3 seconds, but that was enough time for him to lose control of his vehicle.
At 60 kilometers per hour, a vehicle can travel 50 meters in that short time.
One in five serious accidents is caused by fatigue.
You need to pay attention to the signs.
back pain and the need to shift your position
frequently are the most common signs.
The risk of an accident increases three- to four-fold in the 30 minutesnfollowing the initial signs of fatigue.
You must take a break immediately.
Between 7 and 8 hours per night
Get enough sleep: Drivers should get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
Risk of accident x3
The risk of an accident triples if you get less than five hours of sleep.
Certain times of the day are more dangerous:
Early afternoon and the middle of the night are when drivers are most likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
15 min every 2 hours
Take frequent break:
Drivers should stop for at least 15 minutes every two hours.
Use that time to air out your cab, relax and walk around.
Don't fight sleep: It's a losing battle.
It's better to be late than to endanger lives
If you're tired, stop as soon as possible, park safely and sleep.