The risks, dangers, and sometimes tragic outcomes of drowsy driving are alarming. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA for short, estimates that at least 100,000 police-reported crashes annually are the direct result of driver fatigue. That means an average of 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries are a result of fatigue-induced accidents.
With the end of Daylight Savings Time and a special event hosted by the National Sleep Foundation, the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, on November 6-13, there’s no better time than to take a few minutes to review the factors of driver fatigue and what steps you can do to avoid drowsy driving.
While no one is immune to driver fatigue, commercial drivers are at a significantly higher risk due to longer driving hours and distance. To help tackle this issue, be aware of the factors that influence fatigued driving:
Most adults feel most rested with seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Failure to get sufficient sleep can lead to a build-up of sleep deprivation and a greater risk of having a fatigued-related accident.
Key signs of fatigue include but are not limited to:
If you begin to feel fatigued behind the wheel, the best scenario is to find a place to stop and sleep, but we know that is sometimes not the case. Instead, pull off to the side of the highway, turn your hazard lights on, and take a short break. If needed, take a short 20-30 minute power nap to regain your mental focus – just enough to get to your destination.
Here at Triumph Insurance Group, we understand that accidents can happen. Let us help you protect your investment and make sure your truck is back on the road as soon as possible.
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