Fatigue on the road is dangerous for all drivers. Oregon truckers are operating massive vehicles that become an even bigger danger on highways when the driver suffers from fatigue. While you have strict rules to abide by, these rules may not always prevent you from feeling drowsy on the road. To avoid trucker fatigue, you should always follow the rules set down for drive time. There is more to it, however.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 13% of crashes involved fatigued drivers. Sleep matters. So does diet, medication and knowing your body. Pay attention to your body. If your eyes feel heavy, if your vision blurs or if you frequently yawn, then you are too drowsy behind the wheel. If you stay awake for 18 hours, you are comparable to a person who has a BAC of .08%. If you are feeling drowsy, do not rely on tricks to stay awake. Do not open the window, turn up the radio or drink coffee. You may feel more awake temporarily, but you are still at risk.
Fatigue and healthy eating can go hand in hand. If you are skipping meals or have irregular eating habits, then you may be interfering with your sleep. Too much food before bed can make it difficult to sleep and so can going to bed with an empty stomach. Pay attention to your diet. Eat foods that offer energy and sustenance. Your entire lifestyle contributes to drowsy driving.
The provided information is for educational purposes on trucker fatigue and is not intended to be legal advice.