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RACV FOCUSED ON FATIGUE THIS EASTER AFTER ALMOST 40 PER CENT OF VICTORIANS ADMIT TO DRIVING WHEN TIRED

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Easter long weekend road trip

RACV is calling on Victorian motorists to take the risks of fatigue seriously while driving over the Easter weekend.

According to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), around 30 people die each year (five-year average) in Victoria and up to 200 people suffer serious injuries in crashes caused by fatigue.

The TAC said driving when tired was a contributing factor in between 16 to 20 percent of all road crashes in Victoria and 1.6 million – or 37 per cent of – Victorians admit to driving while tired each year.

RACV is urging motorists to be aware of the signs of fatigue including yawning and heavy eyes, slower reaction times, stiffness or cramps, impatience and microsleeps.

RACV Head of Policy James Williams said that motorists who fall asleep while driving for just four seconds at a speed of 100km/hr will have travelled blind for more than 110 metres.

“In many ways, driving while fatigued is one of the most dangerous things a motorist can do on our roads,” Mr Williams said.

“Many people may not know that if you’ve been awake for 17 hours or more, you will be impaired at the same level as someone with a blood alcohol level above 0.05.”

RACV’s focus on fatigue comes ahead of the busy Easter long weekend and a recent RACV poll that revealed most Victorians manage fatigue by taking a break every two hours, closely followed by sharing the driving.

“With so many people heading away for long road tips over the Easter break, it’s absolutely vital to stay alert on the road and have a plan to avoid fatigue,” said Mr Williams.

“We’re encouraged by the RACV poll that showed taking a break every two hours was the top way Victorians manage fatigue and we encourage all motorists to have a clear plan to manage fatigue before driving this Easter.”

RACV’s top five tips to avoid fatigue:

  1. Avoid travelling for more than eight hours a day and take breaks at least every two hours.
  2. Plan your trip to include regular rest stops via the arevo app by RACV.
  3. Share driving wherever possible.
  4. Ensure you’ve slept enough and are well-rested before getting behind the wheel.
  5. Avoid travelling at times when you’d usually be sleeping.

RACV also encourages motorists to ensure their emergency roadside assistance is up to date before heading off this Easter.

“When it comes to your vehicle preparation, make sure you check your fluid levels under your bonnet, including oil, coolant and even the windscreen washer level. Be sure to check your tyres as well,” Mr Williams said.

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Further information

Since 1903, RACV has been one of Australia’s most trusted brands and is the largest member organisation in Victoria.

RACV is proud to provide exceptional experiences for our members and customers through a range of products and services across motoring and mobility, home, energy and leisure. These include emergency roadside assistance, motor insurance, home insurance, home trades and an increasing range of options in the cleaner energy space, such as RACV Solar. We have 10 clubs and resorts across Australia and a range of domestic and international holiday packages, tours and cruises from our trusted travel partners.

The information provided is general advice only. Before making any decisions please consider your own circumstances and the Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determinations. For copies, visit racv.com.au. As distributor, RACV Insurance Services Pty Ltd AFS Licence No. 230039 receives commission for each policy sold or renewed. Products issued by Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Ltd ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678.

RACV Trades is a trading name of RACV's trade partner, Club Home Response Pty Ltd (Victorian registered domestic building practitioner number CDB U 100178). All works are performed or arranged by Club Home Response Pty Ltd. trading as RACV Trades.

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