As a truck driver, long haul journeys are often part of your job. But, while you may be an experienced driver taking on regular trips there are a few additional things to consider when driving an extended journey such as getting enough sleep. Getting enough shut eye is not only important for your own safety but the safety of other road users too.
Here are some of the most important reasons why you need to have a good sleep schedule as a long haul driver.
Driving requires eyes on the road at all times but if you’re sleep deprived this will majorly affect how well you’re able to concentrate. You have to be alert as the road requires your full concentration to know your speed, road signs, other drivers, and more, but if you’re feeling drowsy, you aren’t fit to drive.
Whether you’re driving on the motorway or on A roads, you can’t predict the hazards that you may face. Having enough sleep will ensure that your reaction time is as it should be so if you do to stop abruptly or avoid a hazard, you can!
When you’re tired this can make you irritable and being in a bad mood can make you react without thinking. Annoying drivers can slow you down, but your mood will be much better when you have a great night’s sleep and regular naps while driving long haul.
Feelings of dozing off
Tired eyes, droopy eyes, or an increase in blinking
Drifting into other lanes or hitting “rumble strips” on the road
Inability to remember the last few miles
Missing a road sign or exit
Following other cars too closely
Difficulty maintaining proper speed
While it’s massively important to ensure your drivers are comfortable and prepared for their long journeys, it’s equally important for your trucks to be running at optimum efficiency; this is where Transcare comes in. We offer a wide range of services to help you manage your fleet including diagnostics, accident repair and more. For more information on how Transcare can help keep your fleet on the right track, get in touch with our team on 01773 832697.