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Safety in Australia

December 19, 2018 / Australia

Driving while tired or fatigued

Driving for extended periods of time without a break increases the risk of incidents related to fatigue. Research has shown that fatigue can have a similar effect on your driving performance as being intoxicated, and that fatigue is one of the biggest killers on Australian roads.

In-app reminders

Fatigue Management Policy

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. This is your personal responsibility, and you should find this feature useful to help you comply with these obligations.

Fatigue Management Policy FAQs

  • Why does the Uber app take me offline for an 8 hour break?
  • What counts towards 12 hours?
  • When will the 12 hours of online time reset?
  • How will I know when I reach 12 hours?
  • Will my app reset after a 24 hour period?
  • What if I drive on UberEATS?
  • Examples of how the Fatigue Management Policy works in practice

Fatigue FAQs

What are some common signs of fatigue?

Some of the common signs of fatigue include:

  • Excessive yawning
  • Heavy eyes or excessive blinking
  • Stiffness or cramps
  • Wandering thoughts

Fatigue negatively affects your driving by causing slower reaction times, lack of concentration, and poor judgment, which can all lead to increased chances of having a crash.

How can I manage fatigue?

As stated in our Community Guidelines, sleep is the only true preventative measure against the risk of fatigue. You can help manage your fatigue by getting enough sleep before driving. It’s also worth taking regular breaks, and actively checking for signs of tiredness. It can also be a good idea to check yourself prior to going online for signs of fatigue at

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