Just about everyone has driven when they were tired. Sometimes, you just can’t help but doing so, particularly when you are a truck driver. Although many companies enforce rules that require truckers to get a certain amount of sleep during traveling—not all drivers comply. You may be the victim of a 18-wheeler crash as a result. Truckers face a variety of conditions that may cause them to fall asleep while behind the wheel. Knowing what they are may help to keep you safe on the road.
Long, Hard Hours Contribue to Trucker Fatigue
Truck drivers have a lot of ground to cover, often in a short amount of time. Such a time crunch can put a lot of pressure on a trucker to skimp on sleep to get to the destination on time. This means that the enormous truck you’re driving next to on Highway 26 could be operated by someone who hasn’t slept in days.
Boredom While Driving Causes Drowsiness
No matter how awake you are, getting bored can make you sleepy. Sitting in the same position for a long period of time while staring at the same scenery is enough to cause boredom in just about anyone. Truck drivers are put in these conditions every day; sitting in their cabs, looking at the road and not having much stimulation. This type of environment can cause the driver to become tired—causing him to nod off and cause a serious crash.
Health Complications: A Dangerous Combination
Some studies have suggested a strong connection between overweight drivers, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and driver fatigue. Many truckers are overweight and experience problems sleeping as a result. The combination of these factors can lead to fatigue—potentially causing a crash.
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