How to Prevent Drowsy Driving – Part 3
Imagine this scenario, you’re at an office party and one of your employees has had a little too much to drink chances are most of your staff members will intervene to ensure their colleague makes it home safely without getting behind the wheel of a car. Sadly, the same cannot be said for someone who has pulled an all-nighter or who is sleep deprived.
The reality is that sleep-deprived drivers are just as dangerous as drunken drivers and preventing drowsy driving among your fleets should be equally important. To help make it easier we look at nine ways to prevent drowsy driving in our three-part post.
Travel during waking hours
If possible, ensure that your drivers are on the road during the times when they are normally awake. Try and avoid driving during sleepy times of day, particularly between midnight and 6 a.m. which is when most drowsy driving accidents take place.
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Use caffeine wisely
Many drivers believe caffeine is a quick fix to keep them awake however it is worth noting that while caffeine takes the edge off being tired it doesn’t keep you awake. It takes 30 minutes for the caffeine to reach your blood supply once you’ve had your drink so get your drivers to rest for 30 minutes while they wait for the effects to kick in.
Get a good night’s rest
The most effective way to prevent drowsy driving is simply to sleep. If your drivers have a long trip encourage them to get a good night’s rest before the journey. It is important that you encourage them to pull over and sleep whenever they feel tired instead of pushing right through.