How to Manage Driver Fatigue
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:
- Driving too slow or too fast
- Difficulty keeping eyes focused
- Frequent yawning
- Loss of concentration
- Reduced awareness of other road users
- Missing a turn or exit
- Memory lapses
- Drifting out of the lane
- Failure to check mirrors
- Your eyes feel heavy or you have difficulty keeping your head up
Effects of fatigue:
- Reduced attention
- Impaired memory
- Slower decision-making ability
- Slower response time
- Increased irritability, leading to more emotional and aggressive responses
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.