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Driving while tired or fatigued

January 24, 2020 / Australia

Driving for extensive periods increases the risk of incidents related to fatigue – it’s important to know the signs and understand how the Uber Driver app helps you manage fatigue.

Common signs of fatigue

  • Excessive yawning
  • Heavy eyes
  • Stiffness or cramps
  • Microsleeps (sudden, uncontrollable episodes of sleep lasting up to 10 seconds)

How fatigue affects your driving

Fatigue increases your chance of having an accident. It affects your driving by causing:

  • Slower reaction times
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor judgment

Fatigue and other work and activities

When driving or delivering using the Uber app, it’s important to assess your level of fatigue prior to logging on. Think about how long you may have been awake for, and whether you’ve had enough sleep. Remember, driver-partners have a legal obligation to manage their fatigue at all times whilst driving on the app.

Managing fatigue

As stated in our Community Guidelines, sleep is the only true preventative measure against the risk of fatigue.
Here are some tips to help you manage fatigue:

  • Get a good night’s sleep (at least 7-9 hours is recommended)
  • Plan regular 15 minute breaks for every two hours of driving
  • It’s a good idea to take a couple of days off to recharge if you’ve been driving for a number of consecutive days
  • Check if any medicine you are taking may affect alertness
  • Know the early warning signs of fatigue. If you experience any of the 4 warning sides above, or just generally feel tired or drained, log off and call it a day.

Fatigue Management Policy

To help safeguard you and your passengers’ safety, Uber’s Community Guidelines say that if you’re driving and feel tired, you should take a break. Additionally, state transit authorities in Australia now outline the responsibilities for driver-partners to manage risks regarding health and safety (such as fatigue).

To help you comply with your safety obligations, the Uber app keeps you aware of how many hours you’ve spent online. The Fatigue Management feature will take you offline for 8 consecutive hours if you have been online for 12 cumulative hours without a consecutive 8 hour break.

Remember, driver-partners have a legal obligation to ensure that they do not drive while fatigued.

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