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Sleep and rest breaks [COMPETITION]


DRIVING for long periods of time can become tiring and stressful as the road does become monotonous. It’s in your own best interest and safety, as well as the safety of others, to take regular breaks. Experts recommend resting for 15 minutes, every two hours you drive.

While on the road there are certain warning signs showing your tiredness, including yawning, aches and pains and fuzzy vision.

Driving for extended periods of time doesn’t always mean you’ll arrive quicker, but it does put your life at risk. Taking regular breaks will allow you to get the much needed rest but also enjoy the amazing countryside.

But before preparing for a long drive, ensure you get plenty of sleep, eat sensibly and remain hydrated; it’s a good idea to snack regularly.

Planning your route is also key. We are fortunate enough to have various rest stops in South Africa, so make sure you know where you’ll be refuelling and where you’ll be stopping. If you have a partner, share the drive.

Fatigue is a factor in around ten percent of vehicle accidents, so make sure you are well rested and prepared before heading off on your journey.


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Article written by Beryl Knipe
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