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Avoiding Drowsiness on the Job

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  Monday, December 31, 2012

After a holiday break, you and your drivers may need to get used to the long hours on the road again. Although it is important to jump back into the routine as quickly as possible, it is also important to do so safely. If you notice your truckers becoming drowsy on the job, make sure they get enough rest before putting their lives and others at risk.

A way to help your employees come to work alert rather than sleepy is taking part in an initiative called Sleepsafe Drivers. The program allows drivers to be diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea in a confidential, convenient, and cost-effective manner. This national provider has also added SleepWorks to its network. This expansion brings the number of treatment and testing facilities to more than 140 locations across the United States. Therefore, the advantages of this program can help you indicate the warning signs of drowsiness and fatigue in your truckers, which can include:

  • Not remembering the last few miles driven
  • Having wandering or disconnected thoughts
  • Experiencing difficulty focusing or keeping eyes open
  • Drifting from lanes or hitting a rumble strip
  • Yawning repeatedly

Continuing to drive in this condition puts everyone on the road at serious risk of being involved in a collision. Here are some tips you can give your drivers so they can avoid driving while tired:

  • Ensure adequate sleep the night before a long trip
  • Pull over and take a nap for at least 15 to 20 minutes
  • Take frequent breaks at rest areas or Travel Plazas
  • Travel with someone and share the driving
  • Be aware of the signs that you are tired

If you are still concerned about the risks your owner operator group faces on the road, you can get help from Mid South Truckers Group. Your industry requires a unique set of insurance solutions, which can be provided through our group programs, including:

  • Settlement Deductible Program
  • Non-Trucking Use Liability Insurance
  • Physical Damage Insurance
  • Gap Insurance
  • Occupational Accident Insurance
  • Passenger Accident Insurance
  • Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Health Insurance

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