Driver fatigue is one of the biggest issues on the road. When a driver is tired, they may not pay attention well. They may start to nod off, and they could end up leaving their lane. In a worst-case scenario, drowsiness behind the wheel could lead to a serious or fatal collision.
There are some good ways to avoid feeling tired behind the wheel, though. Some good ideas include:
- Getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to promote restful sleep
- Being aware of the signs of fatigue, like yawning or forgetting the last few miles you drove
- Turning down the temperature in the truck’s cabin. Cooler temperatures tend to help drivers stay awake. Warmer temperatures can cause a feeling of sleepiness, even when drivers have had enough sleep
- Eating smaller meals. Smaller meals reduce the likelihood of a “food coma” where you feel too tired to drive
These are just a few ideas to help drivers stay awake behind the wheel. Unfortunately, some of the people who may need to follow these tips the most probably won’t. Truckers have a critical role in the modern economic system, but the pressure to make on-time deliveries and keep store shelves stocked can be intense. Drivers sometimes push themselves past the point of fatigue and end up driving drowsy.
As someone who is driving around large trucks, you should be aware that you can pursue a claim if you’re hit by a drowsy truck driver. It is a driver’s responsibility to get enough sleep and to stay safe on the road. If you are hit, get the medical care you need, and then remember to look into your legal options.