How to Avoid Driver Fatigue

Let’s face it; driving long distances, especially at night, can be boring, tiring, the landscape starts looking the same mile after mile, and you may find yourself drifting over into the lane next to you. This, of course, can be a very dangerous and deadly situation. Not only is it dangerous and deadly, it’s illegal. The law states that a sleep-deprived driver qualifies as reckless, and they can be convicted of vehicular homicide.

Fatigue is the leading cause of about 100,000 vehicle crashes every year, killing at least 1,500 people and injuring 71,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  

Even though automakers are making big strides in notifying drivers when their driving pattern has changed through vibrating steering wheels or a beeping system, it is not always enough to prevent drivers from nodding off while behind the wheel. In an effort to help keep drivers safe and alert behind the wheel, Ryder Fleet Products offers an online-based fatigue management-training module.

Ryder Fleet Products’ fatigue management training discusses the causes, effects, and ways to combat fatigue while behind the wheel.  Below are the areas that Ryder Fleet Products’ fatigue management-training covers:

  • Effects & Causes of Fatigue
  • Warning Signs
  • When You’re Fatigued
  • Circadian Rhythms & Melatonin
  • Food & Alertness
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Treating Sleep Apnea
  • Fatigue Regulations
  • Fatigue Review

The fatigue management online training program not only offers insight into fatigue management, it also allows a person to take the lessons as needed. Here is what drivers are saying about the online program:

“Our drivers have had limited experience with outside training, other than what is needed to retain their CDL. When they each took the Ryder Pro-TREAD Defensive Driving lesson, they were very impressed. The convenience of being able to take the lessons whenever you want is a huge advantage. Our drivers went through the training on rainy days when they weren’t driving.

Ryder Pro-TREAD is an especially great training program for drivers with minimal computer experience – it’s easy to register, log on and get trained. Plus, the in-office instruction is a nice alternative to an off-site classroom.

The cost of the lessons is very reasonable, and given all the other advantages of this program, Ryder Pro-TREAD is well worth the investment.” – Chuck Anderson

If you or your company is looking for a fatigue management online training program to help cut down on driver fatigue, stop by Ryder Fleet Products to sign up for our online-based fatigue training program 

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