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Preventing Truck Driver Fatigue: Six Tips

Published on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:29 am in Trucking Accident.

Kentucky Truck AccidentFatigue 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Avoid medications that cause drowsiness. Medication-induced drowsiness is a key factor in many truck accidents, according to the FMCSA.
  5. 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.
  6. Eat right. Irregular eating habits can cause fatigue, blood sugar problems, and other issues. Eat a balanced diet at regular times to fight fatigue.