Hundreds of bus drivers who drive public bus routes across Melbourne recently heard about the importance of getting a good rest and avoiding fatigue from Socceroos legend Archie Thompson and AFL great and performance coach Brett Stephens.

Socceroos legend Archie Thompson and AFL great and performance coach Brett Stephens.

The sports stars spoke to drivers about how to get “The Best Rest” and beat fatigue at an “activation” event hosted by Safe Transport Victoria at Kinetic’s Doncaster depot.

The visit to the bus depot – along with a recent commercial passenger vehicles event – is part of Safe Transport Victoria’s ongoing program to raise awareness with drivers about the impact fatigue and mental health has on their driving abilities and overall wellbeing, and techniques to avoid and prevent fatigue.

Like all drivers, bus drivers face the increased risk of fatigue after two hours of continuous driving, and after 12 hours of continuous driving these risks become severe.

Drivers are ten times more likely to crash after less than three hours sleep, and five times more likely to crash after less than five hours sleep. Being awake for 17 hours or more is the same as having a blood alcohol percentage of 0.05 per cent.

Being adequately rested is key to beating fatigue.

Signs that a driver is fatigued include:

  • Having trouble remembering the last few kilometres driven, daydreaming or missing exits or traffic signs.
  • Drifting out of the lane, tailgating, hitting a shoulder rumble strip or having difficulty maintaining a consistent, correct speed.
  • Finding themselves waiting at green traffic lights or not seeing lights change.
  • Having a slower reaction time when braking or stopping at intersections.

Learn more about beating fatigue at: https://safetransport.vic.gov.au/the-best-rest/

The activation event is one of Safe Transport Victoria’s suite of ongoing safety initiatives aimed at improving driver and passenger safety in the bus and commercial passenger vehicle industries.