Managing Driver Fatigue
An individual who has been awake for 24 straight hours has the same driving performance as a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.10, making them seven times more likely to get into an accident. To help address driver fatigue and ensure the safety of your fleet, do the following:
- Understand the signs and symptoms of fatigue, which can include yawning, sore or heavy eyes, slow reaction times, impatience, stiffness and loss of motivation.
- Manage schedules, allowing drivers to get at least seven to nine hours of rest each night.
- Instruct drivers to avoid long trips whenever possible, traveling no more than eight hours a day. Drivers should also take regular breaks at least every two hours.
- Prohibit drivers from operating a vehicle if they feel tired or drowsy.
Experiencing fatigue behind the wheel is something your whole fleet should work to avoid, and these tips can help you stay healthy and remain well-rested on the road.