How is drowsy driving affecting truckers?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2019 | Truck Accidents

There are many different driving behaviors that can endanger drivers in Kentucky. Drowsy driving isn’t talked about as often as some other problems, but it can be just as much of an issue, especially in the trucking industry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) take a look at some of the dangers associated with drowsy driving. They are quick to point out that drowsy driving actually has a similar affect on a driver as consuming substances or driving while distracted. For example, all three cause drivers to:

  • Struggle with concentration
  • Have delayed reaction times
  • Cause drivers to behave in unusual ways
  • Result in crashes due to an incapability of noticing dangers or reacting to them quickly

This is especially prevalent in the trucking industry because drowsy driving is sometimes encouraged by the way the industry itself works. Many times, drivers are rewarded for getting as many deliveries done as possible. This causes many drivers to push themselves beyond their limit and continue working even when they should be taking the time to rest.

Fatigue in truckers is particularly dangerous to other drivers on the road, too. This is because they’re responsible for the operation of large, cumbersome vehicles that can take out many other cars on the road when they get involved in crashes. Spreading awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving can help drivers become aware of the fact that it’s a serious issue. This may make people to treat it like the problem it is and disengage in the behavior, which will improve the safety of the roads for all.