In 2013, 186 casualty collisions were caused by fatigued drivers in Alberta. As a commercial driver you are responsible for your condition when you report to work. A fatigued driver loses some basic skills like judgment, the ability to react and perception; fatigue can also make a driver irritable and can affect driving decisions.
Symptoms of fatigue:
Effects of fatigue:
To overcome fatigue be well rested before starting on a trip, wear good quality eye protection, avoid heavy foods and overeating, and take a break at least every two hours.
Proper planning will help to avoid fatigue and frustrating traffic situations. Also understand that you can’t change others driving habits and that all drivers make mistakes. Besides fatigue, if taking medication, be sure to follow directions on the prescription and never drink any alcohol and drive.
We offer an online Driver Fatigue Management course that helps drivers learn how to recognize, understand and manage the effects of fatigue. This course is designed to introduce drivers to the dangers of driving when tired or sleep-deprived.