Heavy vehicle drivers are not the only ones responsible for managing their fatigue. The decisions made by the various parties involved in the freight and passenger transportation industry can cause fatigue among heavy vehicle drivers.
Fatigue leads to a gradual decline of physical and mental alertness that can result in drowsiness or sleepiness.
Fatigue impairs our faculties, and we often do not even realize it. Just like alcohol, accumulated fatigue reduces our ability to concentrate, affects our judgment and reflexes, and thus our ability to drive.
Although all drivers are subject to fatigue at the wheel, heavy vehicle drivers are especially prone to this problem, in particular due to:
Did you know?
Fatigue is one of the leading causes of death on our roads, along with alcohol, speed and distraction.
You cannot rely solely on legislation governing driving and off-duty time to prevent driver fatigue-related accidents.
Heavy vehicle drivers are not the only ones responsible for managing their fatigue. Fatigue can be caused by the decisions and actions of the various parties within the freight and passenger transportation industry.
As an employer, you can adopt various measures to prevent driver fatigue, such as by:
The goal of the North American Fatigue Management Program is to reduce driver fatigue, improve the quality of life of drivers, and lower the rate of accidents caused by fatigue and the related costs. The program is particulary intended for heavy vehicle drivers and their families, employers, shippers, dispatchers and carrier safety managers.
The main goals of the program are to understand fatigue and to convey the importance of proper sleep hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.
Last update: October 5, 2022