Driver fatigue is a major safety hazard for all drivers. The purpose of this policy to understand, help recognise and help prevent fatigue and the risk of fatigue related incidents. This policy applies to all Drivers and the Network Operator (“Oscar”).
Causes of fatigue
Working when you would normally be asleep and sleeping when you would normally be awake, getting less sleep and working long hours and not enough recovery time.
Impacts of fatigue
If you are a Driver and you become drowsy you can drift into ‘micro sleep’ which is a brief nap lasting around 3 to 5seconds. At 100km per hour that’s 100 metres of travel and plenty of time to run into a tree or worse. Loss of alertness means you cannot respond quickly and safely to an emergency and might miss spotting dangers. You might also be less efficient at controlling your vehicle, e.g. changing gears, lane tracking and maintaining constant speed. Drowsy driving means feeling sleepy, but not actually being asleep. If you feel drowsy you might actually drift in and out of sleep without even knowing it. This accounts for some quite common ‘ran off the road’ crashes. Falling asleep at the wheel happens in a number of crashes. These are typically very severe single vehicle crashes, where there has been no attempt by the Driver to control the vehicle. Being fatigued will impact your memory and cause a bad mood.
Fatigue warning signs
1. You have trouble keeping your head up.
2. Wandering disconnected thoughts.
3. Eyes close for a moment or go out of focus.
4. Eyelids droop.
5. Can’t stop yawning.
6. Forget driving the last few kilometres.
7. Missa road sign or exit.
8. Brake too late.
9. Find you have slowed unintentionally.
1. Hi Oscar operations staff will monitor drivers time spent ‘online’ and will take you offline for 8 hours if you have been online for 12
cumulative hours without a break.
2. Oscar will monitor driving records.
3. Ensure drivers are aware of the restrictions on their insurance.
4. Keep hydrated.
5. Sleeping tablets are not a cure.
6. Stimulant drugs only delay sleep.
7. Only drivers with correct licenses indicating they have passed a medical will be activated.
8. Drivers must be in a fit state to undertake the task.
A driver should be given appropriate time to plan and prepare for work periods involving shifts, be free from alcohol and drugs, be medically fit and should have regular medical assessments.
Driver minimum periods of rest
Drivers need to take two periods each of at least twenty-four hours rest in a 14-day period. Drivers need to take at least six hours rest in any twenty-four-hour period. Drivers need to monitor their own work performance and take regular periods of rest to avoid continuing work when tired. It’s a good idea to check yourself prior to going online for signs of fatigue at www.testyourtiredself.com.au.