Test your tired eyes

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It’s important to remember fatigue doesn’t just affect you on long trips.

Fatigue-related crashes can happen on any trip no matter how long or short, or what time of day it is.

Think about the last time you had a big Friday night out, and you had to be up early the next morning to go to work or go play sport? How much sleep did you have, 4 maybe 5 hours? The normal amount of ZZZ’s the average adult needs each night is about 7-9 hours.

Before you jump in your car, Geared suggests you testyourtiredself, and find out if you in need a little more R&R before jumping behind the wheel.

Fast facts on driver-fatigue

• Fatigue is one of the big three killers on NSW roads.
• Fatigue-related crashes are twice as likely to be fatal - drivers who are asleep can't brake.
• In 2012 more people in NSW died in fatigue-related crashes than drink driving crashes.
• Being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on performance has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05.

So before you head out on any trip, think about  how tired you are, learn to recognise the early warning signs when driving and know what to do to avoid driving tired.
Watch the Don' Trust Your Tired Self television campaign on the Transport for NSW YouTube channel.

Find out more at the NSW Centre for Road Safety.