Fatigue can be a silent killer. Drivers make the mistake of ignoring the signs of fatigue and it slowly creeps up. And before they know it, it has affected their health and has even affected our employment. Some rules and regulations can get a fatigued heavy vehicle driver out of a job, because they are a risk on the road. Fatigue has to be dealt with at the earliest. Here are some ways you can deal with fatigue:
Get Rest – If you are feeling fatigued, you have to take rest immediately. If you have finished your shifts, you can take a few days off to deal with fatigue. If you are on the job and are feeling fatigued, you need to contact your supervisor and pause your trip. They will arrange for another driver to continue, and let you rest.
See a Doctor – Most of the time, being overworked is the reason behind fatigue. However, there could be a few underlying conditions that can only be detected by a doctor. So, if you are feeling fatigued for a long time, you should see your doctor and get a few investigations done.
Change in Lifestyle – You need to look after your diet and get adequate exercise. Owing to the nature of a trucker’s job and dietary habits, they are prone to gaining weight and developing health problems. So, drivers are feeling fatigued, they can change their lifestyle and solve the fatigue issue.
To know more on the issue, truck drivers can do a basic fatigue management course online which is now mandatory according to government laws.