HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) drivers have been warned to be aware of the factors that can cause driver fatigue and to take steps to manage their fatigue levels ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.
HGVIreland.com says that HGV drivers often have to work long hours, including driving for extended periods without rest breaks, which can lead to physical and mental fatigue.
“HGV drivers may also have irregular work schedules, including working during the night or early morning hours, which can disrupt their circadian rhythms and lead to fatigue,” Matt Smith of HGVIreland.com commented.
“Driving for long periods on highways and motorways can be monotonous, which can cause drivers to become bored and fatigued.”
“HGV drivers may have difficulty sleeping due to the nature of their work or because they are sleeping in unfamiliar places, such as in their truck or in a hotel room.”
“HGV drivers may have underlying health conditions, such as sleep apnea or obesity, which can contribute to fatigue.”
“The temperature, noise levels, and lighting conditions in the truck cab can also affect the driver’s comfort and sleep quality, which can contribute to fatigue.”