Imagine being a truck driver in Texas and working long, stressful hours that leave little opportunity for exercise or vigilance in one’s diet. Truckers can become dangerous when they are tired, so they should be following the tips given below to avoid drowsiness.
Regular sleep schedule and a healthy diet
Adults should sleep six to eight hours a night. Of course, driving a truck may not allow for continuous sleep, in which case truckers can take naps throughout the day. After a little experimentation, they can determine what length and intervals suit them.
Next, truckers should be eating healthy. This means avoiding fast food and snacks that provide a sugar rush; with the latter in particular, truckers may feel even more tired after eating them. Truckers should also limit their consumption of alcohol and caffeine as these can cause dehydration, which contributes to fatigue as well as headaches and muscle cramps.
Water and a good seat suspension system
Drinking plenty of water and installing a seat suspension system have something in common: They help improve your physical health and, with it, mental alertness. Water cushions the joints and protects the spinal cord while good suspension prevents the jarring of the truck cab from giving truckers soreness and back pain.
Accident victims may recover damages
Drowsy truckers cause an alarming number of truck accidents every year. If you happened to be involved in one of them and you yourself were not at fault, you may file a claim against the negligent party’s employer to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more. Legal representation might make the difference between success and failure, so you may want to schedule a case evaluation.