THE ALERT DRIVER: A TRUCKER'S GUIDE TO SLEEP, FATIGUE, AND REST IN OUR 24-HOUR SOCIETY
Sleep deprivation causes millions of dollars worth of health problems, billions of dollars in property damages, and unnecessary deaths. Truck drivers face special risks. The majority of their work hours are spent behind the wheel, a vulnerable place for a tired person. Slumbering drivers in individual and commercial vehicles may be responsible for as many as 100,000 traffic accidents a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies done by the Pennsylvania Turnpike and New York Thruway, who maintain two of the busiest stretches of road in the nation, estimate that about 50% of the fatal crashes on these two roads are caused by drowsy drivers. The goal of this book is to teach how to meet the challenges of a truck driver's life feeling alert and rested. The book discusses the following topics: how to stay in synch with your biological clock; the physiology of sleep; how much sleep you need; how to improve the quality of sleep; how to recognize the signs of sleepiness and act upon them; what to do if you suspect you may have a sleep disorder; and how to stay more alert at work.
Alexandria, VA United States 22314-4686
- Reissman, C J
- Publication Date: 1996
- Features: Appendices;
- Pagination: 77 p.
- TRT Terms: Circadian rhythms; Commercial drivers; Crash causes; Drivers; Fatalities; Fatigue (Physiological condition); Highway safety; Sleep; Sleep deprivation; Traffic safety; Truck crashes; Truck drivers
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Safety and Human Factors; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning; I83: Accidents and the Human Factor;
- Accession Number: 00728834
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 27 1996 12:00AM