Drowsy driving happens when you get behind the wheel and you are not fully awake and alert. It can lead to falling asleep while you are driving, slow reaction times and bad decision making. In short, it puts you and others on the road in serious danger.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, truck drivers are one of the most at-risk groups for drowsy driving.
If you drive a truck, the nature of the job alone is enough to put you at risk of driving when you are too tired. You may have deadlines you must meet or need to keep moving to make enough money. However, there are additional things that can complicate the situation and make you even more likely to drive drowsy, such as taking certain medications, working night shifts and having a sleep disorder.
Too tired to drive
While the government has plenty of mandates about how long you can drive in an attempt to keep you from driving when tired, this does not stop all drowsy driving. It is important that you know the signs that you may need to pull over and get a little shut-eye before continuing your route.
It can be difficult to assess yourself, but watch for telltale signs, such as missing exits or trouble remembering the last few miles you have driven. Also, watch for excessive blinking and yawning. You may also notice you have trouble staying in your lane, which may be clear when hearing the rumbling as you hit the strips on the edge of the road or by the honking of fellow travelers.