Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Fatigue, Long-Term Health, and Highway Safety: Research Needs

There are approximately 4,000 fatalities in crashes involving trucks and buses in the United States each year. Though estimates are wide-ranging, possibly 10 to 20 percent of these crashes might have involved fatigued drivers. The stresses associated with their particular jobs (irregular schedules, etc.) and the lifestyle that many truck and bus drivers lead, puts them at substantial risk for insufficient sleep and for developing short- and long-term health problems. To help answer questions about the linkages among hours of service, fatigue, highway safety, and the long-term health of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested that the operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Research Council, through its Committee on National Statistics, convene the Panel on Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health. The panel was charged with providing advice on additional data collection and analytic techniques with the potential to support a more comprehensive understanding of the links between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health such as cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, the charge to the panel was to “assess the state of knowledge about the relationship of such factors as hours of driving, hours on duty, and periods of rest to the fatigue experienced by truck and bus drivers while driving and the implications for the safe operation of their vehicles. The panel will also assess the relationship of these factors to drivers’ health over the longer term. It will identify improvements in data and research methods that can lead to better understanding in both areas.”


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Glossary;
  • Pagination: 219p

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  • Accession Number: 01593933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309392495
  • Contract Numbers: DTMC75-13-C-00006
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2016 3:15PM