As temperatures rise during the summer months in our province, so do driver fatigue-related crashes. By August, these incidents peak with one person killed and 88 people injured in 110 crashes for the month despite fatigue being underreported.*
Hot summer weather and long drives can be a dangerous combination that can cause fatigue. Startlingly, over every B.C. Day long weekend, about 600 people are injured and three are killed in 2,200 crashes.**
If you’re hitting the road this long weekend, ICBC is asking you to make sure you’re properly rested, hydrated and taking breaks from driving every two hours to reduce your risk of crashing.
Driving while fatigued is an impairment which can be just as deadly as any other. It slows reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgment. Even a slight decrease in your reaction time can greatly increase your risk of crashing especially when travelling at highway speeds.
Travel in the morning. Drivers are prone to drowsy driving in the late-afternoon and at night when the body’s circadian rhythm dips.*** Avoid driving during the night when you’d normally be asleep.
B.C. Day long weekend:
*Based on five-year averages. Police data 2012 to 2016. Driver fatigue is defined as incidents where one or more of the vehicles had the contributing factors extreme fatigue or fell asleep.
Driver fatigue is underreported as it’s difficult to measure and police don’t attend all crashes.
** Based on five-year averages. Crash and injury data is based on ICBC data (2013 to 2017). Fatal data is based on police data (2012 to 2016). BC Day long weekend is calculated from 18:00 hours the Friday prior to the holiday to midnight Monday.
***Source: Transport Canada.