The NHVR has issued a timely  reminder to drivers to look out for the signs of fatigue and prioritise their health and wellbeing during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said it’s an important reminder because the five key indicators of fatigue can affect drivers at any time.

“As we know, fatigue can impact every individual differently and it’s possible for drivers to be affected even when they are compliant with their work and rest limits.” Mr Petroccitto said.

“We are reminding drivers to be vigilant and aware of the five indicators of fatigue – inattention, irregular body movements, erratic vehicle movements, dull sensory alertness or poor concentration.

“You are the best person to identify if you’re getting fatigued and need a break.

“If you do notice the signs, please act early, stop and rest.”

Mr Petroccitto said physical and mental health can also impact fatigue, so it’s important everyone in the heavy vehicle industry prioritises their health and has an open conversation with their employer about their current state of fitness.

“I encourage all drivers to speak to their employer about reviewing trip schedules regularly, to break up the monotony of driving the same routes, which can contribute to inattention and fatigue.

“By focusing on fatigue this holiday season, we can help keep all road users safe and ensure everyone has a safe journey home to their loved ones.”

Drivers who feel pressured to drive while fatigued should call the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Hotline on 1800 931 785.

For more information on fatigue visit www.nhvr.gov.au/fatigue