Motor vehicle crashes cost businesses billions of dollars annually, and driver fatigue is a major factor, resulting in huge losses—both human and financial. Whether you supervise a fleet of vehicles or manage a mobile workforce, reducing driver fatigue can help lower operating costs, improve productivity, and strengthen employee morale. Work to eliminate driver fatigue in your own business by following these four tips:
- Prioritize Employee Sleep
Lack of sleep is the main cause of fatigue, with most driver fatigue crashes occurring during the night. While employees are responsible for getting enough sleep and maintaining safe driving habits, the onus is on employers to create a work environment that encourages healthy behaviors and open communication.
- Consistent Scheduling
Routines are critical, especially when your fleet runs around the clock. Scheduling employees for the same hours every shift allows them to adjust their circadian rhythm (body clock), decreasing the chances they’ll be fatigued.
- Effective Monitoring
Technology allows you to monitor driver safety, including fitness-for-duty tests to detect whether a driver can safely perform their job, and logging devices which send alerts if a driver has spent too many hours behind the wheel.
- Receptive Communication
Ensure that all managers understand that being well-rested is a company priority. Encourage open communication and reward honesty so that employees feel comfortable reporting their inability to drive due to fatigue.
Driver fatigue causes hundreds of thousands of accidents a year, but it’s a problem that can be avoided. By making a plan to reduce driver fatigue, you can help protect your employees—and your business.
To learn more ways you can help protect your employees and business vehicles, check out our article, 7 Ways to Reduce Your Commercial Auto Risk.
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