Teen drivers at risk from fatigue

Posted by: Cal on 29/08/2014

Category: General

If you are a parent of a teen with their own car, there are a number of things that you could be worried about. Anything from poor tyre maintenance to your teen failing to notice the check engine light to or them breaking the rules by driving outside their licence limits.

However, according to the results of a Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) survey, there could be a new set of issues to discuss with your teen. The survey found fatigue was the number one risk to young drivers, but drink driving, distraction and failing to wear a seatbelt were all mentioned.

Fatigue is a major problem in Queensland with nearly 15 per cent of all road deaths attributed to tiredness.

RACQ's Lauren Ritchie explained most teen drivers understand the risks associated with texting and speeding, yet are unaware of the problems with a lack of sleep.

"Research shows if you drive after being awake for more than 17 hours it is the equivalent of driving with 0.05 blood alcohol content (BAC) reading," she said.

"After being awake for more than 24 hours then it is equivalent to having a 0.10 BAC."

Ms Ritchie said young drivers are often busy with school, work, university and social lives, but need to realise that these impact the ability to perform complex tasks.

Parents are also advised to get their teen's vehicle serviced regularly including engines, car tyres and brakes.