August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Trucking and auto accidents are on the rise. Along with distracted driving actions, like texting behind the wheel, fatigued driving has become a growing problem in the United States.
Amid the staggering economy, commercial drivers in particular are most susceptible. Since they typically earn money by hours driven, not cargo loads they carry, many will drive for as long as they legally can to meet bottom lines. As a result, many trucking accidents are occurring.
According to a Large Truck Crash Causation Study published on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website, approximately 13 percent of commercial drivers involved in trucking accidents
were fatigued at the time of the collision.
The FMCSA has implemented regulations, known as hours-of-service rules, which stipulate driving times and rest periods to help mitigate these accidents from occurring. However, the FMCSA notes that personal responsibility is equally important and drivers can do their part to help reduce unnecessary auto accidents caused by fatigue.
Tips to avoid fatigued driving accidents
The FMCSA recently released tips both commercial and passenger drivers can follow before heading out for long road trips. The agency indicates that in order to prevent fatigue
behind the wheel drivers should:
- Get adequate rest:
The FMCSA recommends that drivers get enough sleep during the night. More importantly, they recommend drivers refrain from driving during certain times of the day, such as 12-6 am or 2-4 pm, when the body is naturally tired.
- Eat properly:
The agency notes that drivers should take note of their eating patterns while awake because they contribute significantly to fatigue during the day. In particular, those who go to bed hungry or too full can expect to have sleep disruption and likely suffer from fatigue during waking hours.
- Take a nap:
The agency also advises drivers consider taking naps lasting no longer than 45 minutes if they feel tired. Studies have shown that cat-naps can improve individuals' cognitive abilities.
- Avoid taking certain medication:
The FMCSA advises individuals to consider taking certain medications before getting behind the wheel. Certain allergy or over-the-counter meds as well as prescription drugs can make individuals sleepy.
Recognizing drowsy driving
Another important tip the FMCSA recommends for both drivers and passengers is to simply recognize the signals of drowsiness. Frequent yawning, heavy eyes and blurred vision are a few.
It's understandable that those on road trips or commercial drivers attempting to make ends meet want to get to their destinations as fast as they can. However, it's important for all parties traveling inside a vehicle to really understand that saving a few minutes of times isn't worth the risk it poses to human lives.
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