Sleep Apnea – Silent Killer Behind Drivers Fatigue.

“I never knew it.” Gina Hinkle says over her kitchen table. She is bewildered by the shocking turn of events that almost cost her life, or worse still – almost caused her to take the life of another. The underlying cause behind her unexpected car accident was determined as drivers fatigue, though as someone who regularly slept the recommended 8 hours a night this didn’t add up for her. Upon driving one uneventful afternoon a few weeks prior, her heavy lids dropped and her head jerked forward in a what is known as a micro-sleep, Gina veered across a median…

How To Stay Awake Behind The Wheel.

The sweetest thing about life is that it only comes once. That makes it all the more precious. But that it can be taken so unexpectedly is horrifying in itself. Death comes in various packages, some more drastic than others. Accidents are known to happen even among the most diligent of persons. This is because it almost always involves at least one irresponsible party who has succumbed to negligence in whatever form that may be. In Australia, how to stay awake and alert behind the wheel has proven to be a real problem that has cost the…

Truck Driver Fatigue Causes Harmful Crash on HWY 50.

Christine Dupont was driving her 2008 Kia along the U.S. Highway 50 with her 6 year old son Blake in the backseat. Traffic was slowing because of congestion they had to come to a complete stop along the highway. While waiting at a full stop, a driver fast approaching suffering from truck driver fatigue crashed into the back of Christine’s vehicle. The driver of the truck had fallen into a “micro-sleep” (a tell tale sign of truck driver fatigue) and had not noticed the stop in the flow of traffic. Witnesses said the truck continued travelling somewhere between 60-65mph…

A Debt Costlier than Credit – Drivers Fatigue related Sleep Debt.

Sleep Debt – What is it? And how does it play a lethal role in terms of Drivers Fatigue? Sleep Debt is defined as the hours of sleep a person requires versus the hours of sleep they actually achieve. In order for any person to function effectively – about eight hours of sleep per night is necessary. When this sleep time is compromised, a sleep debt begins to accumulate, resulting in greater tendencies to fall asleep the next day often while doing important tasks such as operating a motor vehicle and risking instances of drivers fatigue. Learn the signs of Sleep…

Warning Signs – how to identify driver-fatigue before its too late.

Driver-fatigue is responsible for around 20% of fatal road accidents every year, and in severe single crashes in rural areas as much as 30% according to a study done by VicRoads – Road Accident Facts Victoria. True Cost In an Australian Federal Government inquiry – Beyond the Midnight Oil, Managing Fatigue in Transport – the cost of people not getting proper rest and being unfit behind the wheel as a direct result has translated into over $3 billion in managing driver-fatigue related road accidents every year. Not All Designated Drivers are Created Equal You…

NAFMP Safety Efforts Against Truck Driver Fatigue.

One of the major leading causes of crash incidents on the roads is truck driver fatigue. Drivers report falling asleep 7% of the time at the wheel, as well as 41% reporting contributing factors all under the umbrella of truck driver fatigue. The North American Fatigue Management Program is an organization working in steadfast development on assisting driver’s in facing the challenges that come with professional truck driver fatigue. The North American Fatigue Management Program is committed to providing the time and resources to develop enhancements in the effectiveness and solutions to the many problems caused by truck driver fatigue. The…

Finals – Driver-Fatigue Failure.

The shuffling of feet and hushed voices quiets down at the sound of the second bell – everyone settles into their desks for final exams. The atmosphere is tense and in these last few days before summer break – before high school comes to a close there is excitement palpable and a nervous energy for all that is yet to come. Amongst this typical classroom scene of heads bowed down in strained focus, there is one piece missing the instructor notices after attendance call – one student is missing. No…

Deadly Drivers – Road Risks caused by Driver Fatigue.

“The cost of living is just too high right now –“ Jon a truck driving NSW local says “if you get called for a job and you’ve only just come from one with a few hours sleep it isn’t smart to say no.” It’s in this atmosphere of a tense economy and declining jobs that beggars can’t be choosers – or sleep deprived potentially dangerous drivers can’t afford to skip a shift to pay off a sleep debt while real financial debt looms. Driver fatigue is responsible for one third of road deaths every year. The sheer size…