Truckers need to be in tip-top shape when they are on assignment. An alert and safe operator can reduce the risks that they will experience an accident. If a trucker cannot function, they may pose accident, property damage and injury risks to themselves and others.
Long hours working on the road often lead to trucker fatigue. Like every worker, truckers also need their downtime. By preventing fatigue, truckers can reduce the risks they pose to others.
Why Trucker Fatigue is a Risk
A general definition of fatigue is tiredness brought on by prolonged activity. Many people may think truck driving doesn’t require a lot of activity. However, think again. Driving requires concentration, quick mental analysis and the potential for sudden reactions. Long hours on the road can tire any driver, and truckers are no exception.
When a trucker experiences fatigue, they may not function at their utmost capacity. They might experience delayed reaction times or tiredness. Fatigue may even increase the risk of a trucker falling asleep at the wheel.
Reducing Fatigue Risks
It goes without saying that truckers who experience fatigue pose liability risks to their trucking insurance company, their employers and the countless other drivers on the road. Truckers should do everything they can to reduce the risk of fatigue while working.
- The law requires most truckers to follow strict rest and working hour requirements. This helps lessen the risk that truckers will experience fatigue from overwork.
- When on the road, take frequent rests. Of course, do not fall behind schedule. However, plan out specific times during your drive to stop, stretch your legs, eat or relax.
- Eat and drink appropriately during hauls. A balanced diet with plenty of water consumption can help mitigate fatigue brought on by unhealthy foods. Abstain from alcohol or tobacco use while driving.
- Devote some time to fresh air and exercise during your trip. If you make a rest stop, take some extra time to walk around, stretch and flex your body. You can improve your circulation and help strengthen your reflexes.
- Get a relaxing, undistracted sleep each night. A regulated, full night’s sleep can reduce fatigue risks.
Truckers should always watch for the signs of fatigue. This may include yawning, headaches, lack of concentration or other symptoms. If you begin to feel fatigue, take the time to relax.
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