A November, 2013 study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 28% of drivers admitted that they had been so tired when they got behind the wheel, they had a hard time keeping their eyes open. As a professional limousine driver, you are most likey better informed than others on the road about the serious dangers driving fatigue presents to everyone, and learning how to avoid driving tired should be a part of your training. With passengers in your limo, you cannot afford to pull over to a safe spot and take a nap to help the exhaustion pass, as is recommended by the study. You must come fully alert and aware for every trip you take.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. A pervasive attitude among the driving public, especially for those between the ages of 16 and 24, tends to indicate that they believe that, although they condemn drowsy driving, they themselves are perfectly capable of driving when tired. But with one in ten of all licensed drivers confessing to falling asleep at leasat once while driving, the behavior continues to be a serious safety problem. And the drivers admit that nodding off came suddenly, almost without warning, further compounding the dangers.
A June 2014 study from DMEautomotive, a science-based automoltive marketing firm, shows that drivers’ attempts to combat sleepiness while driving are often ineffective, doing nothing to prevent a driver falling asleep at the wheel. The firm broke down several of the most cited strategies drivers use to stay alert while driving and offered the positives and negatives of each “solution:”
Drinking Caffeine – Can be effective, but very temporary and should never replace sleep. It takes 30 minutes for Caffeine to enter the blood stream.
- Opening Window/Sunroof: No evidence of benefit.
- Pulling Over to Stretch or Exercise – Provides temporary alertness lasting only 10 – 15 minutes.
- Loud Music – No benefit and can further distract drivers.
- Turning Up A/C – No real benefit,
- Napping – A 20 minute – 3 hour nap can help prevent fatigue and restore alertness, but is never a substitute for longer sleep.
- A Good Night’s Sleep – The only real recovery strategy is sleep. Getting at least 7 hours sleep before working is the responsibility of every professional driver.
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