Sleep, like food and water is necessary for human survival. Depriving your body of sleep is like starving yourself or not drinking water. If you are not getting proper amounts of sleep, you can not be safe while driving.
The following are a few ways you can fight fatigue:
Use your 10hr break to get at least 8 hours of solid sleep before starting a trip
When on the road or at home try to always get the same amount of sleep
Exercise regularly and eat properly
Take a nap
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Staying safe when you are walking:
Stay alert. Don’t get so lost in conversation or deep thought that you don’t notice any traffic hazards around you.
Use all of your senses – including your ears. If you are wearing headphones, keep the volume low so you can hear the traffic and other things around you.
Never assume the vehicle drivers will see you and never assume they will stop. Cross only at designated crossings.
Don’t put blind faith into traffic control devices. A “walk” sign only means that you may proceed – IF it is safe to do so.
People who are physically fit are generally more alert and productive; have more energy, both physically and mentally; handle stress better; sleep better; and are less prone to injury. Being fit can help prevent or relieve problems including tiredness, stress, depression, and even some back problems.
Being physically fit improves your overall health. Fitness reduces your risk for various health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Regular exercise is also key to losing excess weight and keeping it off.
Adapt to changing road conditions
Night Driving: Remember that even with headlights, it is extremely difficult to detect pedestrians, bicyclists and others.
Fog: Keep your low beam headlights on and fog lights (if your vehicle is equipped with them)
Rain: Roads are extra slippery at the start of a rain shower because oil, which has raised to the road surface has not had a chance to wash away.
Heavy rains can cause your tires to begin to hydroplane. The key to keeping your tires in contact with the road is to simply slow down.
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Distracted Driving Kills – Do not be a distracted driver
Distracted driving crashes killed more than 5,400 people and injured nearly 500,000 in 2009.
Researchers report that texting while driving claimed more than 16,000 lives from 2001 to 2007.
Reaction time is delayed for a driver talking on a cell phone as much as it is for a driver who is legally drunk.
Drivers who are texting take their eyes off the road 400% more than when they are not texting.
More texting leads to more crashes. With each additional 1 million text messages, fatalities from distracted driving rose more than 75%.
Drivers are responsible for making sure that all their credentials, truck’s credentials, and trailer’s credentials are in order. Driver’s License current, med card current, permit book current, registration current. Plate on the vehicle (does it match the registration, and does the registration match the VIN# for the vehicle?), all required stickers current and in place, IFTA, HUT, and Annual Inspection.
See a Drunk Driver? Call 911!
(Give them plate # and location)
How do you identify a drunk driver?
Turning with a wide radius; you may see a driver who swings out wide to make a turn that would otherwise be easily maneuvered.
Straddling center of lane marker - An impaired driver will use the line to help them concentrate on driving straight, not realizing that they are driving down the middle of the road
"Appearing to be drunk"; a driver may be hunched over the wheel or leaning to the side.
Almost striking object or vehicle
Weaving; you do not have to cross a line to weave. One officer stated that he has pulled over a numerous number of drivers who were weaving with their lane
Driving on other than designated highway; sidewalks, grassy lots, any surface can be viewed as a road to someone who is drunk or impaired.
Speed more than 10 mph below limit; it is a common myth that impaired drivers are usually speeding. Most drunk or impaired drivers will actually slow down while they try to concentrate on staying within their lane.
Stopping without cause in traffic lane; the drunk or impaired driver may stop at an unmarked intersection or at a green light. In their impairment they are being overcautious and are easily confused on when and where to stop.
As you approach turn with signal on, watch for drivers who may misinterpret this signal as an intention to turn somewhere before your intended turning point.
Don’t start turning until there is enough time for the rear of the vehicle to clear the intersection without forcing opposing drivers to slow down or swerve.
Don’t assume opposing driver will see you. They may be looking elsewhere.
Be careful that improper tracking does not cause the vehicle or trailer to interfere with pedestrians and other vehicles.
34-Hour Restart 07/01/13
As of July 1, 2013, in order to use the 34-hour restart, your off-duty period of 34 (or more) consecutive hours must include two periods of time between 01:00 AM and 05:00 AM. You may only use the restart once within a period of 168 hours/7 days.
For example, if you go off duty at 3PM on Friday, in order to use the 34-hour restart, you may not report for duty again until 5AM on Sunday. You may not use the restart provision again until 3PM or later the following Friday.
You can still take more than one period of 34 or more hours off duty, but only one of the periods can be used as a restart of your 70 hours.