Trucker fatigue is a serious issue in Alabama and elsewhere around the U.S. In a rush to meet deadlines many truckers push themselves to the limit, despite rules and regulations mandating breaks and rest periods for working truckers. In this case, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration urges truckers to utilize the following advice to preserve their safety as well as those they share the road with.
Recognize the signs of fatigue
Fortunately, it’s possible to recognize fatigue before a serious crash occurs. Unfortunately, many truckers overlook the common signs and push themselves in order to make their deadlines for deliveries. Common signs of excessive tiredness include blurring vision, frequent yawning, and a heavy feeling within the eyelids. When experiencing these symptoms, truckers should stop to take a nap, which is most effective when they range from 10 to 45 minutes. After a nap, a truck driver should allow at least 15 minutes before getting back on the road.
The food you eat provides your body energy. Additionally, when and how you eat can also play a role in how energized you feel. Truckers should take meal breaks throughout the day, as opposed to skipping meals or eating one large meal late at night. Not only can this cause sluggishness while driving, it can also impact a person’s sleep schedule. When sleep is lacking, fatigue is more likely to occur.
Be wary of certain medications
Certain types of medication, such as over-the-counter medicines for colds and allergies, can cause drowsiness. It’s up to truckers to study medication labels to determine whether they will pose an issue while driving. Many medications include labels that warn against the dangers of taking it while operating machinery, which includes vehicles.