While not always deliberate behaviour, driving when tired is a contributing factor in between 16-20% of all road crashes in Victoria. Even brief lapses in concentration can have serious consequences.

New research from Monash University has found:

  • The risk of crashing after 5 hours of sleep was 4.4 times compared to 8 hours of sleep.
  • The risk at least doubles as we move to lower levels of sleep (under 5 hours).

It’s important to consider how much sleep you’ve had before you get behind the wheel, and always watch for the warning signs.

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