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Signs of Driver Fatigue

The signs of driver fatigue are well documented and easy to recognize. It's important for motorists, and especially truck drivers, to be very aware of the signs of driver fatigue so that they can stop driving before they become too tired.

Physical Signs of Driver Fatigue

Be aware of the signs of driver fatigue before getting behind the wheelWhile individual drivers suffer symptoms in different ways, there are some common physical signs of driver fatigue. Responsible drivers must learn to recognize these signs in their own behavior so that they can get off the road and rest before returning to the road. This is particularly important for truck drivers whose rigs and loads can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. and be as long as 53 feet.

  • Feeling sleepy
  • Difficulty keeping eyes open
  • Yawning
  • Restlessness, becoming fidgety

Performance-Related Signs of Driver Fatigue

Drive fatigue is the result of a lack of sleep or rest. Tiredness and fatigue reduce a driver's ability to operate a truck, bus, car or motorcycle according to the rules of the road. The list below highlights just some of the ways in which a driver's capacity to safely operate a motor vehicle are reduced.

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Reduction in response times
  • Reduction in awareness, causing increased the time required to perceive danger
  • Not remembering recent miles
  • Unintentional daydreaming
  • Difficulty controlling the vehicle: drifting in lane, fluctuations in driving speed, crossing the center line, etc.

More information about the symptoms of driver fatigue can be found via the links below.

drowsydriving.org/about/warning-signs/

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