The Jakarta Post
Microsleep, when a person falls asleep for just a moment while doing a monotonous task, is a very real risk for motorists. (Shutterstock/File)
For many, the Idul Fitri holiday is seen as an opportunity to reunite with their loved ones in their hometown, making mudik (exodus) among the most popular of Idul Fitri traditions.
However, on the flip side, the tradition also causes traffic jams and, often, accidents.
Those planning to join mudik need to make sure that they are prepared for the hours-long drive by avoiding microsleep.
According to kompas.com, microsleep is a condition when the body momentarily falls asleep. It usually happens during a monotonous task, such as driving on a long, straight road or lining up to pay the toll.
Microsleep can be dangerous as it can cause accidents.
To avoid microsleep, Jakarta Defensive Driving Consulting training director Jusri Pulubuhu suggested drivers be aware of their surroundings while driving.
Jusri mentioned that the brain would be unstimulated if drivers focus only on the road.
Furthermore, Jusri also recommended drivers look in the rear-view mirror of the car once in a while.
“This can be done [once] every five to eight seconds,” he said, explaining that it helps drivers be aware of the vehicle's surroundings.
Lastly, Jusri also suggested that drivers could choose different routes as it could help in stimulating the brain. (jes/wng)