Highways and Public Works

Fatigued Driving

Fatigued driving causes the most visitor road casualties in Yukon. Be aware of the warning signs and symptoms before starting your trip. 

Warning signs of drowsiness:

• Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids

• Daydreaming, wandering and disconnected thoughts

• Forgetting the last few miles driven, missing exits or traffic signs

• Yawning repeatedly or rubbing eyes

• Trouble keeping your head up

• Drifting outside the lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip

• Feeling restless or irritable


Avoid falling asleep at the wheel:

• Get adequate and quality sleep before driving

• Avoid alcoholic beverages and heavy foods

• Beware of medications that impair driving ability

• Limit long distance driving – stop every two hours for breaks

• Drive with a companion and switch driving when necessary. Talk with your passengers but not to the point of distraction

• Keep the vehicle temperature cool. Keep your eyes moving and check your mirrors often

• Roll down the window for fresh air

• Turn the radio or stereo up loud

• Pull over at the next rest stop and get some sleep

Contact Transport Services

Government of Yukon
Department of Highways and Public Works
Box 2703 (W-17)
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6

Phone: (867) 667-5832
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5832
Fax: (867) 667-5799
Email: road.safety@gov.yk.ca