Alertness Tips for Truckers from a Bay Area Logistics Services Firm
Drunk driving has long been outlawed as a dangerous and irresponsible act, but did you know that drowsy driving can be just as detrimental? Studies about “drowsy driving” have revealed startling facts. Apparently, remaining awake for 18 hours without sleep is mentally equivalent to driving drunk; it is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. In this sense, driving drunk and driving drowsy are equally harmful because both will impair reflexes, cloud judgment, and increase the likelihood of serious accidents in regular and intermodal transportation alike.
The prevalence of drowsy driving remains relatively high with logistics services and the general population. Surveys indicate that at least 28% of drivers admitted to struggling to stay awake while driving behind a car or truck. Over 50% of drowsy driving crashes are caused by drivers under 25 years of age and around 100,000 automobile accidents occur due to drowsy driving each year. Furthermore, it accounts for 17% of annual road fatalities.
While the symptoms of drowsy driving are very diverse, there are a few common signs that you should recognize and heed next time you are operating a vehicle:
- * Difficulty focusing, incessant blinking, or heaviness of the eyelids
- * Random, wandering thoughts or daydreaming.
- * Trouble with short term memory, such as forgetting the last few miles driven or missing exits
- * Constant yawning or rubbing of eyes
- * Trouble keeping your head lifted
- * Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or frequently touching the shoulder rumble strip
- * Feeling restless and irritable
The next time you experience any of these symptoms. It is important to listen to your body—pull over to the side and get some rest. A 15–minute “power nap” can do wonders to mental focus. They help reset the system, give you an instant burst of alertness, and immediately increase motor performance. An extra 15 or 20 minutes could be the difference in avoiding a fatal accident.
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