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Drowsy truck driving can be prevented, and it should be.

Trucker fatigue is a serious problem among truck drivers. They work long hours, and many take breaks for only a short period to nap or get something to eat. While the law allows them to drive for 11 hours straight and to work for 14 hours each day (three of which have to be parked/not in the vehicle), this is still a long work day that could result in collisions due to fatigue.

To prevent fatigue, drivers can do many things from taking short naps to recognizing when they're driving drowsy and pulling over. Most drivers get naturally tired between midnight and 6:00 a.m., as well as between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, so it's a good idea to make rest stops during those times to get something to eat or to sleep.

Drowsiness decreases response times, which means that a driver may see that they need to slow down but react so slowly that they can't stop fast enough. Even a second or two can be enough of a delay that a crash becomes imminent.

Drivers need to take steps to avoid these severe collisions with others. They can take naps, eat healthy meals and avoid "alertness" tricks that may not make them more alert when they're tired. By taking charge of their health and recognizing the signs of drowsiness, drivers can become safer and keep all people on the roads free from the risk of truck-related accidents. No one deserves to be a victim as a result of negligence on the part of a truck driver.

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