With a majority of our employees in a 24 hour work environment, driver fatigue can be a problem. Drowsy driver have the potential to be involved in serious motor vehicle incidents, sometimes fatal. On-the-job driving involves heavy responsibility, so make sure you get enough rest to drive alert. Here are some tips for staying awake and aware when you drive for your job and your own vehicle.
- Get enough sleep before you drive. For most people, eight hours of sleep every 24 hours is about right, but everyone is different.
- If you have a choice, don't drive during your normal sleeping hours. If you are accustomed to being asleep at 2 a.m. you could easily doze off behind the wheel at that hour.
- If you start to get sleepy, pull off the road in a safe place.
- Plan your route with overnight accommodations and have highway rest areas in mind.
- Eat lightly and often rather than larger meals.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and other drugs. Even ordinary medications such as cold and cough remedies can contain ingredients to make you drowsy.
- Keep your vehicle interior fairly cool with plenty of fresh air.
- Shift position frequently, instead of remaining static for long periods of time.
- Take breaks at least every two hours. Walk around in the fresh air for a while.
- Keep your eyes moving; look at the road and traffic far ahead, check your mirrors often and scan the sides of the road.
Remember, if you are too fatigued to perform your job safely, notify your supervisor immediately.