Don't let your drivers get behind the wheel tired!

We all know that speeding and alcohol are two of the most common reasons drivers crash. 

A recent study published by Transport for New South Wales revealed that speed was a factor in 3,798 car accident injuries and 146 fatalities in 2012, while alcohol played a role in 1,033 car accident injuries and 56 fatalities that same year.

We also know that drivers neglecting to wear seatbelts and other safety restraints in their vehicles is a major problem, and leads to countless avoidable deaths each year. 

What many people don't know, however, is that fatigue is also one of the biggest killers on our roads. In fact, more people died or suffered injuries as a result of driving tired in 2012 than driving drunk.

The problem is there are no laws against sleep-deprived drivers getting behind the wheel. Australia has speed and blood alcohol limits, but there's no way to tell if someone is too sleepy to drive until the worst happens. 

Or is there?

As part of its Don't Trust Yourself Tired campaign, the New South Wales government has launched an interactive website called Test Yourself Tired. This asks the user a series of questions to gauge how alert they really are, and whether they should are capable of operating a vehicle without putting themselves or other road users at risk.

Test Yourself Tired involves memory challenges and looks at users' reaction responses to assess their level of fatigue. When the examination is over, the user is given a rating and told if they are too sleepy to get behind the wheel. 

A fleet manager who encourages their drivers to check how tired they are before hitting the road can prevent car accidents from occurring. 

If your drivers are involved in a car accident, having software for fleet management that provides roadside assistance could be a lifesaver.