Fatigue: A Sleeping Giant Behind the Wheel
The next time you get behind the wheel, be it for work or pleasure, take a moment to consider how tired you feel and if you are really in the proper condition to operate a motor vehicle. This may sound like common sense, but all too often people operate under the influence—the influence of fatigue.
Transportation accounts for the most workplace fatalities every year and more than 40,000 people die each year in the U.S. in traffic accidents. We take driving for granted, but it really is serious business.
Less than half of adults in America say they get a good night’s sleep every night. So it should be no surprise that up to 40% of all serious accidents are caused by driver fatigue. There are plenty of hazards on the roadways today that we can't control but driving while fatigued is one we can.
A vehicle traveling at 65 miles-per-hour covers nearly 100 feet-per-second. Imagine how devastating even a few seconds of inattention could be. You owe it to yourself and to the rest of the traveling public to be at your best when driving. Get plenty of sleep, avoid driving after very long work days, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks on long trips. Fatigue can make even the best driver a very dangerous one.
There are many resources available to help you, your employees and your family members drive safely and control the effects of fatigue. Check out these listed below:
- Driver Fatigue: The Dangers of Driving Sleepy
- Transport Accident Commission: Avoiding Driver Fatigue