As a Hull taxi driver you have the responsibility for taking good care of your passengers. Therefore, you should only be driving if you feel totally alert and in good health. Driving when you are overly tired can be as dangerous as driving after drinking alcohol. If a passenger is harmed as a result of an accident caused by your tiredness and it is proven to have been down to your negligence, then this will be of great detriment to your career. You will struggle to find employment and your private hire insurance premiums will increase drastically. The best way to avoid this happening is to spot the signs of tiredness and ensure that you don’t risk falling asleep behind the wheel.
If you feel your eyelids are heavy, having difficulty focusing on the road in front or are blinking a lot then this is a definite sign that you need to take a break. Rolling down your windows to let fresh air in will not have enough of an impact to reduce your tiredness. When your eyelids are closing, you need sleep.
When we feel tired our mind can begin to wander. If you look out of the window and come to realise that you can’t remember the last few miles, then this could also be an indication that you are far too drowsy to drive.
Missed your exit?
Driving past your exit on the motorway or missing road signs can be an sign that you need to take a break.
Listen to your body. If you are yawning a lot and rubbing your eyes, your brain is shouting to tell you that you need to sleep.
You can become so tired that your head begins to nod at the wheel. You may even close your eyes for a couple of seconds as your body fights the desire to sleep. At this point you are critically unsafe to be driving.
If your head is nodding and your mind is all over the place, you may even start to drift out of your lane onto the hard shoulder. This is pretty dangerous on an empty road, but when there’s other traffic around you, this can be very hazardous. This is a sign that you should pull over and find a place to rest.
If you have been driving for a long period of time and begin to feel irritable or very restless, then this can be an sign that tiredness is very much overtaking you.
Taking a 30 minute break from driving could be enough to restore you back to your normal, alert, calm and rational self, but please be aware of continuing on for too long before you get some real sleep.