Truck drivers go through a lot on the job. They’re constantly on the road, away from their families and friends, and they have to deal with traffic, bad weather and other hazards. It’s no wonder that many truck drivers suffer from fatigue. Unfortunately, fatigue can lead to serious problems, including motor vehicle accidents.
How do truck drivers become fatigued?
One of the main causes of fatigue among truck drivers is sleep deprivation. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep per night, but truck drivers often get less than that. They may have to drive for long periods of time, and they may not be able to take breaks as often as they’d like. Additionally, some truck drivers suffer from sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, which can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
Another cause of fatigue among truck drivers is work-related stress. Truck drivers may have tight schedules to keep, and they may be under pressure to meet deadlines. They may also be worried about getting traffic tickets or being involved in motor vehicle accidents. All of these factors can contribute to stress and fatigue.
How then does this lead to motor vehicle accidents?
First, fatigue can make it difficult for drivers to pay attention to the road. They may have trouble keeping their eyes open, and they may not be able to react quickly to changes in traffic or road conditions. Additionally, fatigue can cause drivers to make mistakes, such as speeding or following other vehicles too closely.
These mistakes can lead to serious accidents, including collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians, rollovers and jackknifes. In some cases, these accidents can be fatal. It’s not uncommon, for instance, for truck drivers to fall asleep at the wheel and crash into oncoming traffic.
That’s why it’s so important for truck drivers to get enough rest, and to take breaks when they’re feeling fatigued. If you’re a truck driver, keep your safety – and the safety of others – in mind, and don’t hesitate to pull over and take a break when you need to.