Driver Fatigue

Understanding How To Minimize Driver Fatigue

Per recent studies, the main cause of crashes on the roadways are due to driver fatigue. There are a variety of ways that are believed to help combat driver fatigue, although not all are agreed upon. Per the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report, as per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin, there should be plenty of data to fully understand the way that fatigue works on drivers and their overall health.

Why It’s Important

Driver fatigue has a huge impact on driver safety. Among the thousands of accidents that are reported, driver fatigue is the cause of approximately 10 to 20 percent of those accidents. This data is based on the information from the above-mentioned report.

For this reason, there are policies in place that require bus drivers and truck drivers to have a maximum amount of hours on the road vs hours off the road. This ensures more time for rest and sleep prior to their next shift. Thus, they are believed to be more alert and ready for any inevitability.

Per the research, the majority of bus drivers and truck drivers are faced with a variety of stresses that can include economic pressure and work schedule changes. Drivers are so more vulnerable to lack of sleep, they are also more prone to such conditions as diabetes, sleep apnea, cardiovascular diseases, and other health concerns that may make them more susceptible to such conditions.

Drivers are required to make deliveries on time regardless of weather and other situations that may arise. The question is, do the profits outweigh the requirement for good health? Does this compensate for the driver’s health? Such behaviors can erode a person’s health and create more fatigue that can endanger pedestrians as well as other motorists on the road.

According to the study, it’s believed that the FMSCA should support the research that is geared to the factors related to the driver’s behavior including more sleep and reduction of fatigue. All data can thus be readily identified to motivate them to better their health by better sleep habits.

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