With summer time holidays and lengthy drives looming, we’re certain to be given recommendation about driving safely on WA’s highways.
The worst factor about that’s that it’s all stuff we already know. Don’t drive drained. Take breaks. Swap drivers.
So the annual trotting-out of warnings runs the danger of being filed too shortly within the ho-hum basket.
After which, in steps Toyota Australia with a recent and intelligent concept.
Toyota has partnered with main Australian sleep professional Olivia Arezzolo to offer suggestions and recommendation on find out how to take the optimum break when travelling lengthy distances.
Olivia has recorded a free 10-minute guided meditation collection, in order that drivers can cease simply briefly however profit from a extremely good break.
It’s known as “Toyota Australia Take A Break with Olivia Arezzolo”.
I’m certain some readers could have instantly flicked their “Hocus Pocus Swap” … and I did, too. Then, in the course of a busy day, I clicked on the hyperlink that Toyota’s public relations specialist had despatched me, which took me to Spotify, and I began listening. Although Olivia’s voice is straight away partaking, I really missed the top of the 10-minute, 12-second podcast … as a result of I had nodded off. Actually. It actually took me abruptly.
Olivia Arezzolo’s prime suggestions
In keeping with Highway Security Schooling, tiredness is without doubt one of the main causes of highway accidents, making driving when fatigued simply as harmful as rushing or driving drunk.
Listed below are Olivia’s prime tricks to beat driver fatigue and profit from breaks on the highway:
Put together your self
“Ensure you get sufficient sleep the night time earlier than you allow. It’s particularly necessary, provided that 20 per cent of all highway accidents contain fatigue, in line with the Transport Accident Fee (Victoria), and that 20-30 per cent of all deaths/extreme highway accidents are brought on by sleepiness.”
Save your vitality
“Don’t go away after a giant day of labor. Even when it feels such as you’ll be OK with a espresso or vitality drink, scientifically, after 17 hours of being awake, you’ve gotten the driving capability of somebody with a BAC of 0.05 — technically drunk. After 21 hours, your driving capability matches somebody with a BAC of 0.15 — 3 times the authorized restrict.”
Take a break
“Take breaks each two hours — nap, get daylight, take a stroll. It should enable you to arrive alive. To profit from your break, it’s useful to know what is going to hold you energised. This consists of solar publicity, to make sure your melatonin (the sleepy hormone) is suppressed, and loads of motion — a examine discovered quarter-hour of stair climbing boosted vitality greater than a shot of espresso.”
Napping “Nonetheless really want that temporary sleep? I’ve a three-step nap plan to can help you really feel recent and revived with out sabotaging your sleep later within the night time:
1 Hold it quick — lower than half-hour.
2 Hold it darkish — put on an eye fixed masks.
3 Hold it early — earlier than 3.30pm.
Don’t fear if you happen to can’t comply with all three of the steps — so long as you’re doing at the least two, you’ll be good to go!”