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The Dangers of Having Caffeine While Driving

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  Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Are you tired? Not of your job in the trucking industry, but over lack of sleep? This is a common issue for many businesses, and not only those involved in transportation. However, being on the road constantly takes a toll on the body. It is important that you encourage your truckers to find safe methods to stay awake while driving rather than resorting to options such as caffeine.

Let your truckers know they have options besides drinking a big cup of coffee when they become sleepy. Having too much caffeine in your system along with lack of sleep can cause some serious health issues. Even though the first shot of caffeine gets you energized, that doesn’t meant the second one will. Consuming too much caffeine can have similar effects to drunkenness, including irritability, muscle twitching, and slurred speech. Therefore, suggest other methods of staying awake on the road. Here are some safety tips:

  • Sleepy drivers should pull over and take a short nap so they can operate the truck properly.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • Review maps before hitting the road.
  • Keep your hands on the wheel.
  • Avoid smoking, eating, and drinking while driving.
  • Keep your mind on driving only.
  • Avoid stressful/emotional/confrontational conversations.
  • Get enough sleep before leaving.

At Mid South Truckers Group, we hope these tips help your drivers understand the importance of getting enough sleep before operating any type of vehicle. The last thing you want to happen is an accident on the road due to a drowsy driver hopped up on caffeine. It is your responsibility to make sure your employees are receiving the right resources to maintain their health and the rigorous schedule of the business. If you feel your company requires more protection, you can find the coverage you need for your owner operator group with our help. Owner operator groups require a unique set of insurance solutions. This is why we offer a number of group insurance programs throughout the country.

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