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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 7th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 7, 2010 NEWS Tired driver solution Hi-tech wake-up call on driver fatigue 'My dad is in the transport industry and he thinks it's really important for me to be aware of how much fatigue impacts on your driving skills' SAFETY MESSAGE: Anita Tindale with her invention, the Fatigue Calculator ACALCULATOR that gauges driver fatigue will soon be available as a mobile phone application and at touch-screen kiosks. Former hospitality worker Natalie Tindale invented the Fatigue Calculator after experiencing ''micro sleeps'' while driving after working 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight. ''It was a real wake-up call,'' she says. The calculator was developed over 12 months in collaboration with Professor Drew Dawson, director of the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia. From September its functions will become available as an iPhone or mobile phone ''app'' costing less than $50 at www. fatigue- calculator.com.au and iTunes. It may also soon be available on touch-screen kiosks at service stations, fatigue rest stops on highways, truck depots and selected work sites. Prof Dawson said fatigue was one of the ''fatal four'' causes of road accidents along with drink driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts. Tindale said the calculator allowed the user to forecast their fatigue and plan how much sleep they need before long work shifts or driving stints. ''I used to work in a mine in Mackay and I know it would have saved me a few serious scares and close calls if I'd known the risks associated with fatigue and had a way to manage it,'' she said. ''The problem is people don't think they are tired. It's like being drunk; people still think they can drive and aren't aware just how tired they are,'' she said. Ms Tindale said that, just as a blood alcohol content figure of 0.05 provided a benchmark for alcohol impairment, the Fatigue Calculator provided a benchmark fatigue reading. The user enters information into the calculator on how much sleep they have had in the past 24 and 48 hours and how many hours they have been awake. The calculator then provides a ''Fatigue Likelihood Score'' of either low, moderate, high or extreme fatigue. Law student Nicole Seeney, 23, uses the calculator in her hectic daily life juggling a full-time job as a marketing manager at a real estate agency and full-time external study. ''I'm quite busy. I get up at 5am to study on the web and I'm often up really late, so it's not uncommon for me to be quite tired, so it's important for me to know if it's safe to drive,'' he says. ''My dad is in the transport industry and he thinks it's really important for me to be aware of how much fatigue impacts on your driving skills.'' 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