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What are some ways to combat driver fatigue?

Truck driver fatigue is a huge issue in New York. It leads to many accidents throughout the country, many of which are fatal. The sad part is such accidents are completely preventable. If you are a truck driver, you should never drive when you are tired. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes fatigue is any time when you are physically or mentally impaired due to being tired. It can occur if you work long hours, do not get adequate breaks, have extreme stress or just do not get enough sleep at night.

Ideally, you should figure out the root cause of your fatigue and eliminate it if possible. You should always get an adequate number of hours of sleep the night before you will be on the road. If you did not get enough sleep, consider taking a nap or scheduling time to take a nap before fatigue catches up with you. You should never rely on tricks to stay awake. These include drinking caffeine, listening to loud music or driving with the window down to let cold air blow into the cab. You also need to recognize the signs you are too tired to drive. Be aware of when your body is signaling that you need sleep.

A couple other things you should do include eating healthy and avoiding substances that can make you drowsy. Eating healthy helps your overall well-being. It can enable you to sleep better at night, too. Medications, alcohol or other drugs that make you sleepy should never be taken before you must drive. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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