Drowsy Driving

Drowsy Driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults report sleeping less than seven hours a day, considered the benchmark for good health and well-being. Drowsy driving occurs when drivers take the wheel despite experiencing feelings of sleepiness and fatigue.

Risk Factors associated with workplace fatigue:

  1. Late/Early Shifts
  2. Quick shift returns (Less than 12 Hours in between)
  3. Working 10 or more consecutive hours
  4. Working 50+ hour weeks
  5. Cognitive/Physical sustained attention
  6. No Short breaks to allow recovery
  7. Less than 7-9 hours of recommended sleep
  8. Long commutes (>30 Min. each way)
Signs of Driver Fatigue
  • Inability to focus eyes and keeping head up, eyelids feel heavy
  • Yawning and rubbing eyes
  • Wandering and disconnected thoughts
  • Drifting within the driving lane, missing signs or exits
  • Turning up radio and/or rolling window down
  • Slower reaction time

What Employers Need to Know

In Nebraska from 2015 to 2019, a total of 1,577 fatigued/asleep crashes were reported of which 11 were fatal and 669 involved injuries.

Employers pay for crashes that occur on and off the job in a variety of ways, such as health, life and disability payments, sick leave, contributions to workers’ compensation programs, medical and liability insurance.

Drowsy Drivers at Risk
  • Business travelers who frequently cross time zones
  • Commercial drivers who drive many miles and drive at night
  • Young drivers, especially males 16-25 of age
  • Shift workers, working nights or rotating shifts or working more than one job
  • Individuals with untreated sleep disorders

What Can Be Done to Address This Issue

Some vehicles today are equipped with technology that can detect when a driver is about to nod off and deliver a warning signal. The best advice is to learn the signs of drowsiness – head-bobbing, yawning, etc. You are still your vehicle’s best safety feature. If you’re tired, pull over.

Recommendations for Employees to Prevent Driver Fatigue
  • Get regular exercise and healthy balanced diet
  • Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Avoid driving alone when possible
  • Take breaks every 100 miles or 2 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and medication that may impair
  • Keep driver’s area cool and ventilated
  • If necessary, pull over and take a power nap no longer than 15 – 20 minutes

More Resources:

GHSA: Wake Up Call

NRSF: Almost Home

NHTSA: Asleep At The Wheel

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Is it safe to use a hands-free device while driving?
Where do you think the majority of fall-asleep crashes occur?
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December 2020: Let Safety Guide Your Sleigh Tonight!

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