A study of 250 SPAD reports in 2016/17 revealed that fatigue, health and wellbeing were a problem in 25% of these incidents. Managing fatigue, health and wellbeing is a joint responsibility: you and your employer both play a part. Your employer has a responsibility to promote a ‘fair’ culture where you feel open to discuss and report concerns without fear. You might choose to make simple lifestyle changes to help manage your own personal fatigue, health and wellbeing – as these can be effective in reducing the likelihood of SPADs.
Nobody likes being told how to live their lives: when to sleep, what to eat, what to avoid doing on rest days. But there is no getting away from the fact that poor aspects of your lifestyle outside of work can impact your driving, which could lead to SPADs. We are much more likely to alter our lifestyle if we better understand the issues and the benefits such changes can have on our performance and wellbeing. This article provides practical advice on lifestyle changes you could make to help reduce your chances of being involved in a SPAD, and points you to useful RSSB resources on managing fatigue, health and wellbeing.