Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today urged those travelling to and from the Tamworth Country Music Festival this long weekend not to trust their tired selves and avoid driving while tired.


Mr Anderson said fatigue is the second biggest killer on our roads after speeding and that crashes involving fatigue are twice as likely to be fatal than any other crash


“While some people may not think that driver fatigue is an issue that affects them, our busy lives can make us more tired than we realise, and it’s driving tired that leads to driver fatigue crashes.


“That’s why Transport for NSW will be at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival giving visitors the chance to test their tired self to avoid driving while tired.


“Fatigue isn’t just an issue for long journeys with drivers needing to consider just how tired they are every time they get behind the wheel.


“We know that last year fatigue was a factor in around 20 per cent of fatal crashes in NSW and that’s why Transport for NSW visits major events like the Tamworth Country Music Festival to spread this important road safety message as far and wide as possible, Mr Anderson said.


Four interactive stations will be set up in the Transport for NSW test your tired self marquee allowing visitors to take the test, which not only explains how tired they are and how this may affect their driving but also provides helpful tips on how to avoid driving tired.


The Don’t Trust Your Tired Self photo booth will also be on site so visitors have a take-home reminder of the dangers of driving tired and there’ll be free coffee vouchers and bottled water available to keep people refreshed.


“Whether you’re a Tamworth local or visitor, the message is clear, don’t trust your tired self this weekend or any other time you’re behind the wheel. The best thing you can do to avoid the consequences of fatigue is remember that sleep is the only cure for tiredness,” Mr Anderson said.


Tamworth Country Music Festival visitors can take the tired test in the Transport for NSW marquee located on Kable Avenue next to the Ferris Wheel today, Friday and Saturday.

Take the tired test at home: testyourtiredself.com.au


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