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How to Combat Driver Fatigue in 6 Simple Steps

Posted November 6, 2018 by Administrator

Truck driving isn’t an easy job. With difficult deadlines, limited parking, and ever-changing safety regulations, it’s easy for drivers to become stressed and exhausted. This is a recipe for fatigued driving, which reduces the driver’s ability to perform due to low energy. When drivers are groggy, they can’t react physically or mentally as they could when at maximum alertness. Fleets can use the following methods to battle driver fatigue:

  1. Get adequate sleep. A good night’s sleep is imperative for safe driving. Truck drivers need to stop driving for the day to give themselves enough time to rest to resume work the following morning. Drivers should also avoid getting behind the wheel during hours they would naturally be sleeping. In particular, truck drivers should avoid operating their vehicle between midnight and six in the morning.
  2. Take naps. If a driver begins to feel tired, he or she should take a quick nap if possible. Aim for 15-30 minutes for an optimal energy boost. Any more or less, and the nap may make the driver feel more drowsy, a condition known as sleep inertia.
  3. Avoid medication that causes drowsiness. Most people know allergy medicines can make them feel drowsy. However, a plethora of medications include warnings not to operate heavy machinery while taking them. Muscle relaxers, cold medicine, and sleeping pills are all no go’s while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
  4. Practice good diet and hydration habits. Drivers should aim to eat their meals at regular hours and intervals to ensure good quality sleep. Going to bed hungry or after gorging on fast food can result in poor rest. Proper hydration is also key to remaining alert. Keep water bottles in the cab for easy access during the day.
  5. Avoid alertness tricks. Turning up the radio or rolling down the window may provide a small initial jolt of energy, but fatigue will quickly take over again. Drinking caffeinated beverages can help, but those can prevent drivers from sleeping later or cause more drowsiness when the driver experiences the inevitable caffeine crash.
  6. Know the signs. Drowsiness can sneak up on drivers, but, if they know the signs, they can pull over and rest before causing an accident. Some of the hallmarks of drowsiness include yawning, heavy eyes, blurry vision, slower reaction times, and impatience.

Following the above tips can help drivers stay alert when operating their CMV. To learn more about improving transportation safety, contact the experts at Cline Wood.

This document is not intended to be taken as advice regarding any individual situation and should not be relied upon as such. Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC shall have no obligation to update this publication and shall have no liability to you or any other party arising out of this publication or any matter contained herein. Any statements concerning actuarial, tax, accounting or legal matters are based solely on our experience as consultants and are not to be relied upon as actuarial, accounting, tax or legal advice, for which you should consult your own professional advisors. Any modeling analytics or projections are subject to inherent uncertainty and the analysis could be materially affective if any underlying assumptions, conditions, information or factors are inaccurate or incomplete or should change.

The Future of Highway Safety Depends on Massive Data Integration and Connectivity

Posted February 5, 2018 by Administrator

In today’s technology-based world, an increasing number of trucks include smart sensors that send information about location and operating conditions. Truck manufacturers have already connected around 500,000 trucks to the Internet of Things (IoT). This trend is projected to continue to grow; it is estimated that more than 35 million trucks will be connected by 2020. Many fleet owners today believe that connected trucks will be a given in the near future.

Connected trucks do more than communicate with office managers through the internet; they now share data with each other. Connected trucks are now able to form a platoon where multiple trucks are able to follow a “leader” truck through connected technology and information sharing.

Platoons are generating more interest because they offer an incredible cost savings. Truck drivers are able to increase their productivity by resting in semi-autonomous trucks that are communicating with a lead vehicle. Platoons have been shown to be safer because semi-autonomous trucks have a reduced response rate. Wifi-based vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), lane departure assist, adaptive cruise control and active brake assist offer heightened safety and fewer traffic incidences.

Semi-automated connected trucks are already driving in platoons on public roads in the U.S., Europe and Singapore. Manufacturers are working on improving the way connected trucks efficiently communicate and share their data. Various types of devices, including sensors, controllers and software applications are being refined to better share their data seamlessly. Data that is gathered has the capacity to not only improve the safety of commercial trucks but also improve customers service.

The types of data that is currently being shared include:

  • Temperature
  • Moisture
  • Wind
  • Rate of acceleration
  • Braking
  • Location of truck
  • Safety hazard sensors on the truck such as a back door sensor
  • Humidity
  • Diagnostics and service records
  • Checking inventory
  • Placing orders

In addition to data collection, connected technology needs to be protected against cyber attacks. It’s essential to include safeguards that will prevent data loss and cyber hackers from interfering and causing data leaks or accidents. Commercial truck manufacturers are working toward all-inclusive integration platforms that will enable the sharing of information between vehicles, their drivers and the whole logistics network.

The increasing cost of communications, coupled with the increasing amount of data, means that information flows need to be improved to make them more efficient to ensure a seamless flow of information. Data needs to be managed properly to ensure that documentation is maintained for compliance purposes as well as kept secure. Information needs to be scalable in order to manage large volumes of data.

Connected trucks are a reality. It is imperative that data used by commercial trucks is maintained securely and reliably. Finding cost effective ways to collect, share and analyze data will help make semi-autonomous trucks safer and affordable.

Cline Wood represents top trucking and agribusiness insurance carriers across the country. We have access to all types of insurance programs, treating your company as if it were our own. Contact us today to find out how we can help you manage your risk, directly contributing to your bottom line.

This document is not intended to be taken as advice regarding any individual situation and should not be relied upon as such. Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC shall have no obligation to update this publication and shall have no liability to you or any other party arising out of this publication or any matter contained herein. Any statements concerning actuarial, tax, accounting or legal matters are based solely on our experience as consultants and are not to be relied upon as actuarial, accounting, tax or legal advice, for which you should consult your own professional advisors. Any modeling analytics or projections are subject to inherent uncertainty and the analysis could be materially affective if any underlying assumptions, conditions, information or factors are inaccurate or incomplete or should change.

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