Event organisers recommend participants and spectators who are intending to drive to Busselton for the event, should prepare a fatigue management plan prior their drive.
Some simple tips to manage fatigue and consider in the lead up to the event.
- Plan your trip and allow for scheduled stops to help keep you alert.
- Be aware of how much sleep you have had in the previous nights before the drive and event. A lack of sleep in the few days before can impact your fatigue management for the drive.
- If possible, share the driving, swap drivers every 200km / 2hrs, or if you feel tired.
- Create a fatigue management plan – this may be a big weekend for some competitors, not only the swim but the potential of a long drive before and after the event.
- Ensure you have planned for regular stops on both drives to stop and revive.
If you notice signs of fatigue, it is best to get out of the car, walk around for a bit and have a drink, this will help a driver remain focused.
- Can’t stop yawning
- Begin to blink
- Start squinting
- Have trouble keeping your head up
- Eyes close for a moment or go out of focus
- Wandering, disconnected thoughts
- Can’t remember driving the last few kilometres
- You have slowed unintentionally
- Break too late
- Drift over the centre line or to the left or right