Many truck drivers spend hours and hours driving on the roads every week, and often throughout the night. They have strict deadlines to meet and several clients to please.
In short, there is no denying that they work high-stress, high-pressure, and incredibly demanding jobs. It is, therefore, understandable why truck driver fatigue is a widespread problem in the United States – it is also understandable why truck-related crashes are the leading cause of truck-related crashes each year.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles states that a driver may drive no more than 12-hour stretches after a minimum of 10 consecutive hours spent off duty.
However, while there are regulations in place to regulate the length of time that a truck driver can spend driving, not all companies adhere to them.
Improper vehicle maintenance
It is the trucking company’s legal obligation to ensure that their vehicles are adequately maintained to maximize driver safety. All of the relevant maintenance duties and tasks must be carefully documented.
Inadequate driver training
Truck drivers who have not received satisfactory training before starting their jobs will undoubtedly pose a hazard on the roads. The fact is that handling a large truck is a lot different from driving a small passenger vehicle. Doing so safely requires advanced skills and plenty of experience, hence the reason why all drivers should undergo defensive driving training and attend regular training workshops to ensure that their skills remain up to scratch.