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Rider fatigue

Many fatal crashes are caused by people driving or riding when they are tired. Riding a motorcycle is more tiring than driving a car. If you feel tired, don't ride. Don't risk your life or those of other road users.

Tips to help you avoid fatigue

  • Get a good night's sleep before riding, preferably eight hours.
  • Avoid riding during the hours when you are normally sleeping. For most people, this will be between 10 pm and 6 am.
  • If you normally have a mid-afternoon nap, then you should avoid riding at that time.
  • Make sure that following a period of sleep you are fully awake before riding.
  • Don't drink even small amounts of alcohol. It will make the effects of fatigue much worse.
  • When taking long trips, plan your journey to include rest breaks.
  • Snack on light, fresh foods. Avoid consuming fatty, sugary or carbohydrate-filled foods, which can make you tired.

Recognise the warning signs

Some warning signs are:

  • having trouble focusing, keeping your eyes open or holding your head up
  • daydreaming, wandering or disconnected thoughts, loss of memory
  • yawning or rubbing your eyes repeatedly
  • drifting from your lane, tailgating and missing signs or exits
  • feeling restless and irritable.

Stop to revive, then drive

During long trips, take rest breaks about every two hours or every 100 kilometres.

If you start feeling sleepy don't keep riding - pull over immediately in a safe place (as far off the road as possible) and have a rest.

If you still feel sleepy, don't keep going. Find a place to sleep for an extended period or for the night.

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Last updated: 5 October 2009