These unique road signs are helping to fight driver fatigue in Australia

September 5, 2017 1:06 pm Last Updated: September 5, 2017 1:06 pm

 

How many times have you gone on a road trip and been driving down a road that never seems to end? It just keeps going, and going, and going. Even if you have another person in the car to help keep you occupied and alert, the long straightaway can get boring, which can pose a problem.

One stretch of highway in Australia is notorious for being so long and boring that officials placed signs along the road to help drivers from dozing off.

The signs are posted in a “fatigue zone.”

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The humorous signs are posted along a stretch of Bruce Highway in Queensland, Australia. According to the Daily Mercury, Bruce Highway is one of Australia’s worst highways and has received the honor of being named one of the worst roads in the world, more than once.

It has received the “award” partly due to its width—it’s a two lane road—and a stretch that go for miles without a single turn.

The signs are designed to keep drivers awake.

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According to the Traffic Accident Commission of Australia, 20 percent of all fatal accidents involve driver fatigue and that number increases when looking at non-fatal accidents on rural roads.

These signs help combat this issue, by giving drivers an incentive—as if staying awake wasn’t already enough—to staying focused on long stretches of road.

Drivers are shown a question.

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Then a few miles down the road they are shown the answer.

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While there is no data available on whether or not these trivia signs work, there are a few recorded instances where people have noticed the signs and remarked that they helped them to stay focused.

“The question prompted an in-depth conversation: documentaries we’d seen…a comparison of school curricula, general wonder at the natural world,” Clare Gavin wrote in a blog. “How easy it was to lift our mood from feeling bored and tired, to upbeat, curious, and alert.”

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The only unfortunate thing about the trivia game is that the signs aren’t digital, so if you find yourself traveling on this stretch of highway more than once in awhile, you’re going to have to find another way to occupy your time, like singing “99 Bottles of Beer” over and over again.