Fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Many experienced Kentucky truck accident attorneys have helped clients who suffered injuries as a result of fatigue-triggered truck accidents.
The FMCSA offers several tips for truck drivers who need to stay alert on the road.
- Get enough sleep. The average adult needs at least seven hours of sleep for optimal alertness. Don’t hesitate to get more sleep if you need it.
- Sleep at the right times. FMCSA research has found that the human brain is most sleepy between 12 and 6 a.m., and that people benefit most from sleep during this time period.
- Nap when you need it. A nap is more effective than caffeine or energy drinks at restoring alertness. Nap for at least 10 minutes and up to 45 minutes.
- Avoid medications that cause drowsiness. Medication-induced drowsiness is a key factor in many truck accidents, according to the FMCSA.
- Sleep proactively. Sleep is more effective when it is taken to prevent drowsiness, rather than to fix drowsiness that is already present. Sleep on a regular schedule whenever possible. Naps are also most effective when they are taken to prevent drowsiness or fatigue rather than to combat it. Drivers can use their 30-minute required break to nap if need be.
- Eat right. Irregular eating habits can cause fatigue, blood sugar problems, and other issues. Eat a balanced diet at regular times to fight fatigue.