How does drowsy driving affect truckers?

How does drowsy driving affect truckers?

| May 22, 2020 | Firm News

Texas truckers see the effect of road dangers more than any other driver. This is due to the fact that they spend so much time on the road. Unfortunately, the industry also has a lot of dangerous driving.

Today, we will focus on drowsy driving. We will look at how the trucking industry treats it. We will also look at how driving drowsy may impact truck drivers.

How dangerous is drowsy driving?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look into the statistics of drowsy driving. It may surprise some to learn how dangerous drowsy driving is. It is a type of distracted driving. It has high crash rates and high rates of serious injury and fatality. This may have to do with the potential for drowsy drivers to fall asleep. This renders them incapable of reacting to the world around them. This differs from other distracted driving, which slows a driver’s reactions down.

How do truckers treat drowsy driving?

In the trucking industry, drowsy driving is not always taken seriously. In fact, some companies may incentivize it even if they do not mean to. They do this by offering raises or bonuses to drivers who complete routes fast. This encourages drivers to skip out on proper rests to gain those bonuses. The culture of trucking also lends itself to drivers treating drowsiness as a part of the job. In some cases, they even flaunt their ability to drive drowsy.

Unfortunately, this acceptance creates a widespread danger. Due to the size and weight of a truck, one single drowsy driver has the potential to cause massive damage. Crashes with large trucks often involve many other cars. Victims often end up gravely injured or dead. Raising awareness of the true risk of drowsy driving may help cut back on this.