Whether you’re behind the wheel of a CPV or bus, you play a pivotal role in keeping Victoria moving.
But being great at your job isn’t just about driving skills. Your responsibility is immense so it’s vital to prioritise your wellbeing, especially when it comes to fatigue.
Because when you’re at your best, Victoria thrives.
Did you know?
Fatige is one of the top three killers on Victorian roads.
Shift workers, such as taxi, rideshare and bus drivers are 6x more likely to crash due to fatigue.
After being awake for 17 hours you will be impaired to the same level as someone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05.
What is 'the best rest'?
‘The Best Rest’ is a program from Safe Transport Victoria aimed at combating fatgue in CPV and bus drivers.
It’s about about being well-rested and ensuring you’re performing at your best – not only for yourself, but for your passengers and other road users.
How to get 'the best rest'
- Good sleep – Try to get at least 7.5 hours of solid sleep. It helps you think clearer, react faster, and be more aware on the road.
- Cut down on caffeine and alcohol especially before sleeping.
- Stay calm – Do things that relax your mind. It helps you stay focused.
- Take breaks – After driving for 2 hours, take a break to stop and stretch, even if it’s just 15 minutes. It keeps you awake and alert
- Track your night shifts – keep night shifts to a minimum (no more than four nights in a row).
- Keep moving as being active during the day helps you sleep better.
- Watch what you eat – eating superfoods like bananas can improve your brain funtion and they release energy more slowly than something like an energy drink.