Accidents Happen When Drivers Are Tired

Tips to help your drivers fight fatigue

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 20% of large truck accidents they have investigated were due in part to driver fatigue.  What makes drivers tired and how can you help cut down their risks of having an accident?  We’ve got some ideas to share.

Lack Of Sleep
One of the key risk factors for driver fatigue is really a no brainer: A Lack Of Sleep.
Adults really should be getting between 7 – 9 hours of sleep each and every night. Encourage the drivers in your fleet to get a good night’s sleep each and every night.

Poor Eating Habits
Another factor that comes into play are driver’s eating habits. It is never a good idea to skip meals to make better time or eat unhealthy meals just because they are quick!  Remind your drivers that stopping to eat a healthy meal will make our roadways safer for all who travel them.

Uncomfortable Seats
To help your drivers reduce the stress of driving is may be time to invest in better seat comfort.  Lumbar support, heated or cooled seats and adjustable head rests, back rests or arm rests are all things that have been shown to reduce the stress of driving on your body.

One of the reasons ELD compliance was put in place was to be sure that all driver’s Hours Of Service were adequately tracked. Drivers that push themselves to continue driving when they are feeling fatigued are a danger to themselves, their vehicles and everyone traveling the roads with them.

Make sure your drivers pull over for a pit stop, take a walk, stretch and grab a healthy snack when they are feeling tired!

Would you like more information on ways we can help you keep your drivers and their vehicles safe?  Give us a call so that we can talk through our GPS tracking solutions.