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How can semi-truck drivers reduce their fatigue?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Fatigue is a significant concern for semi-truck drivers in New Jersey. Reducing fatigue is crucial for safety on the road. It may be useful to consider some effective strategies to help drivers stay alert and refreshed.

Get adequate sleep

Ensuring you get enough sleep before hitting the road is essential. Aim for at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep because a consistent sleep schedule can help regulate your body clock and improve overall alertness.

Take regular breaks

Regular breaks during long drives can prevent fatigue and help avoid a commercial vehicle accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recommends taking a 30-minute break after driving for 8 consecutive hours. Use these breaks to stretch, walk around, and refresh yourself.

Stay hydrated and eat healthy

Dehydration and poor nutrition can contribute to fatigue. Drink plenty of water and choose healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Avoid heavy meals and foods high in sugar, which can cause energy crashes.

Avoid caffeine overload

While caffeine can boost alertness temporarily, relying on it too much can lead to crashes and increased fatigue. Use caffeine sparingly and avoid consuming it late in the day to ensure it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise helps improve overall energy levels and reduces fatigue. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, even if it’s just a short walk or stretching exercises.

Staying alert on the road

Implementing these strategies helps ensure safety on the road and promotes overall well-being. Staying alert and refreshed not only protects the driver but also enhances safety for everyone on the road.