Professional truck driving can be a fulfilling job, but it can also be taxing. Truck driver fatigue can put you and other drivers at risk on the road. Fortunately there are a few ways you can reduce fatigue and enjoy a safe trip. Here are some fatigue management strategies for truck drivers.
Diet & Medication
The way you eat affects the way you feel throughout the day, so be sure to consume a diet that will keep you going. While unhealthy fast food might make your fatigue worse, healthier snacks can give you a boost when you need it. A consistent meal schedule can also help you concentrate on driving rather than your hunger. Remember that medication often comes with side effects, and drowsiness is a common effect. Make sure your medication is safe to take while driving or operating heavy machinery.
Another important aspect of general health and energy is exercise. Even if you don’t exercise every day, regular workouts can help you stay energized. These workouts don’t have to be intensive; a quick walk is all it takes. Taking these exercise breaks a few times each week will help you stay alert and can even allow you to fall asleep more easily.
Your body needs its rest, and there is no substitute for a quality night of sleep. Avoid staying up all night and attempting to keep yourself going with caffeine or loud music; without quality sleep, your body will inevitably crash. A nighttime mask, noise cancelling headphones, and other sleep aids can help.
Are you still concerned about truck driver fatigue? Contact Guardvant or visit our website. We are a fatigue monitoring and collision avoidance service that is dedicated to helping drivers stay safe on the road. Give us a call at (520) 299-1911 to find out more about what we can do for you today.