The effects of drowsy driving only have negative consequences. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that driver fatigue is the cause of upwards of 100,000 accidents each year. Drivers that have suffered from the droopy eyes can also face jail time for failure to pull over on top of a hefty fine.
Sleep deprivation is linked to many health issues as well, including heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and diabetes. It is also said to kill sex drive, lead to depression and make you prone to gain weight. Other risks caused by lack of sleep are forgetfulness and loss of judgment, which is especially crucial to truck drivers during pre-trip inspections and driving on the road.
Truckers are required to take a 10-hour break each day and this time should be used to get a proper amount sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 7-9 hours of sleep is recommended for adults ages 18-64. Not only is it important to think of other people on the road and their safety, but it is equally important to think of your safety and your health.
Stay alert, arrive alive.