Driving during all hours of the night and day can be dangerous for truck drivers and therefore for everyone else on the road. Driver’s fatigue plagues truly plagues the majority of truck drivers and causes about one fifth of all accidents that involve trucking company vehicles. Not only is fatigue while driving something that can endanger people’s lives but it can also affect how satisfied those in the trucking industry are with their jobs.
The most common side effect of driving fatigue is sleepiness and therefore, falling asleep behind the wheel. When you are sleepy, you are likely to have a slower reaction time when driving or even make mistakes due to clouded judgement. In order to prevent this from happening you should make sure that you have gotten plenty of sleep the night before you are expected to drive a long distance. Another great way to combat sleepiness while you are behind the wheel is to drink caffeine as it can give you that extra boost of energy you need, especially in the last leg of your trip.
Another great tip to help you avoid trucker’s fatigue is to do get active anytime you stop your truck, whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 hours. Doing fast exercises can really get your endorphins going which in turn will make you feel much more awake than you did previously. Drinking water also tends to help the body stay more alert, as does turning the temperature down in your truck.
Whatever it is that helps you stay awake while you are on the road, make sure you are doing it. Transpro Burgener cares about the safety of our truckers and of truckers everywhere!