Safe driving in New Zealand

Overseas visitors are twice as likely to be at fault in an accident. This article will help you stay safe while driving your campervan or motorhome.

Overseas visitors are twice as likely to be at fault in an accident. This article will help you stay safe while driving your campervan or motorhome.

JET LAG and DRIVER FATIGUE

Jet lag and driver fatigue contribute to about 12% of all fatal crashes.  Recognising and avoiding driver fatigue is an important aspect of driving your campervan safely. 

Jet lag and driver fatigue reduce your ability to see hazards and increases your reaction time and leads to poor decision making.

Jet lag when you arrive is from a long flight is chronic fatigue from the sleep loss and change in time and patterns.  Fatigue experienced while driving is acute fatigue.  When you arrive in New Zealand you are likely to experience BOTH.

The longer you spend doing a task like driving, without a break, the greater the level of fatigue.  Other things can increase the effects:

  • some medications
  • long-distance air travel
  • working shifts, or excessive hours
  • alcohol and drugs

By the time you notice you are tired, fatigue has already set in. Learn to spot the early warning signs:

  • lane wandering
  • reduced vision
  • head falling farward
  • erratic speed

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