Slow speech…memory impairment…micro sleeps…hypnogogic hallucinations (dreaming that occurs while almost falling asleep)…trouble expressing appropriate emotions: from what was posted on the American Psychological Association website, these are the hallmark signs of sleep deprivation. As the days start seeing more sunlight, it could be tempting for Bay and Bay Transportation truck drivers to travel for a bit longer than their bodies can handle. While getting to your destination as quickly as possible is valued when driving truck for Bay and Bay Transportation in Atlanta, GA, it’s even more important to be making safe choices.
If you attempt to drive when exhausted, you are putting yourself and others at risk. From what was posted on the CDC, drowsy driving makes it harder to pay attention to the road, slows down your reaction time, and significantly reduces your ability to make good decisions on the road. Therefore, driving while fatigued is a serious matter. In fact, a 2013 survey found that 72,000 traffic accidents were caused by drowsiness. These accidents led to 44,000 injuries and 800 casualties. Needless to say, good quality sleep before driving a truck is important.
A CDC brochure provides several ways for those with a truck driving career to get better sleep.
- Block out all light: human brains are designed to rest when it’s dark, so block your cab windows or get an eye mask so you can prevent as much light as possible from getting in your eyes.
- Create a silent environment: It’s really hard to sleep when there are loud noises all around. Try finding a quieter spot on the road to rest or purchase ear plugs to decrease the noise levels around you.
- Turn down the heat in your cab: it’s much easier to sleep in cooler temperatures. Change into some sleeping shorts or turn on a fan while trying to snooze.
- Sleep in a quality bed at home: the battle for quality sleep doesn’t stop when you leave your cab. Whether it’s a sleep number or a memory foam mattress, buy a nice bed for you to sleep in when you aren’t driving for Bay and Bay Transportation in Atlanta, GA.
If you drive for Bay and Bay Transportation in Atlanta, GA, it’s expected that you do your best to get enough rest so you can perform your job safely and efficiently. The well-being of our employees is greatly valued at Bay and Bay Transportation. If you are a truck driver looking for a company, look no further. Apply for your new truck driving position today!