The causes of driver fatigue can range from a loss of sleep to long work hours, illness, family/social commitments or long commuting times. It is pertinent that your drivers are in the right state of mind to drive and that you offer them the right platform to inform you of driver fatigue.
According to research our strongest sleep drive generally occurs between 2:00-4:00 am and in the afternoon between 1:00-3:00 pm, although it may vary depending on if a person is a “morning person” or a “evening person”.
You can help your drivers to avoid tiredness on the road by giving them strict guidelines to follow when they feel drowsy. Below are some strict guideline examples that drivers can follow:
- Ensure that your drivers get regular good quality sleep
- Include regular breaks at least every 2 hours during the driver’s journey.
- If your driver feels tired, he/she should stop driving, park somewhere safe, have a couple of cups of strong coffee, followed by a maximum of 15 – 20 minute’s nap (the caffeine usually takes effect after 20 minutes)
Managing driver fatigue and putting technology in place to enable effective measurement is a key factor in helping to curb road fatalities. There is a direct correlation between the number of hours spent driving and the number of fatigue related accidents. Drivers are at the greatest risk between midnight the six o’clock in the morning. The risks increase as the total length of the driver’s trip increases.
Globaltrack’s Fleet Management Solution; Webtrack provides fleet managers with a solution by setting up automatic scheduled moving reports, that indicate when drivers move during prohibited or resting hours. In addition to that the system also provides a stop report that indicates all the stops a driver makes and the duration of the stops. Monitoring resting time is necessary as drivers can over exert themselves and cause fatal accidents.