If you drive a truck through eastern North Carolina and spend consecutive hours traveling, you may know firsthand the battle of staying alert when your body has been awake for a significant length of time. Your ability to safely and effectively deliver your freight requires you to operate at maximum capacity and with attentiveness and vigilance.
Operating a large truck when you have not had enough rest and feel drowsy may not only minimize your effectiveness but put your life and that of those around you at serious risk. Your employer should implement protocols to encourage you to get enough rest, as well as provide resources and time for you to recuperate between jobs.
Training and reporting
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your employer should train you to recognize signs of fatigue and provide you with information and resources about how to manage fatigue. They may use role-playing and provide statistics to illustrate the importance of getting enough rest and staying alert.
Your employer may also implement a way for you to report your behaviors throughout long trips. Often, these trucking logs may provide insight into whether or not you have spent adequate time resting between shifts. Reporting these details to your employer may motivate you to operate by company protocols and ensure you receive enough rest to avoid facing penalties for violating policies.
Monitoring and feedback
Through monitoring your performance, your employer may determine whether or not changes to your schedule may improve your ability to perform better. Your employer should encourage you to provide feedback about your experiences and whether or not you feel that you have adequate time to rest between shifts. Implementation of technology including lane assists and instrumented wristbands to detect fatigue may also improve your driving experience and prevent you from getting too tired to drive safely.