Your car is packed and you’re about to head off on your well-earned holiday, but before you grab hold of that steering wheel, here are some essential driving tips from the AA.

We know that drugs and alcohol impair your judgement when you drive, but so too does sleepiness. People who are tired drive in a similar way to those who have been drinking: your awareness is lower, your reaction time is slower, and your vision is impaired. It’s dangerous to drive when you are tired.

To remain alert follow these eight guidelines:

  1. Get at least six hours (but preferably more) the night before you leave for a lengthy trip
  2. Drive during hours when you’re normally awake, rather than travelling in the middle of the night
  3. If you can, avoid driving during sleepy times of the day, such as mid-afternoon
  4. Arrange to have a garage stop every two hours or 160km
  5. Travel with a passenger who will stay awake with you
  6. Drink a caffeinated beverage if you’re feeling tired – it takes about half an hour to be effective
  7. Spend the night somewhere rather than trying to drive straight through
  8. If you’re tired, find somewhere safe to have a 20-30 minute nap

A person who is tired can fall asleep at any moment. These are some of the symptoms of sleepiness:

  • Trouble keeping eyes open and focused on the road
  • Difficulty keeping head up
  • Drifting into oncoming traffic
  • Missing a turn off
  • Repeated yawning and rubbing of eyes
  • Being irritable and restless

Whether you need direction, or you’re stranded on the side of the road without any petrol – whatever your car problem, GetMore is here to help you. Phone our call centre on 084 11 438 48 and we’ll help get you back on the road in no time, so you can enjoy your holiday.

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