Is your Truck Putting You to Sleep?
A ground-breaking bit of research from Australia has shown that low-frequency vibrations can make drivers drowsy. If this is true and the research is proven conclusive, it will call into question just about all we assume about truck crashes where the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Those drivers may in fact have been very drowsy but may not have been "fatigued" in an hours-of-service (HOS) context, the way that term is typically applied to "tired drivers."
No basis for shorter HOS; Trucks safer than ever says ATA
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Just a few months after special interest groups convinced the U.S. DOT to rewrite hours of service rules because truckers supposedly weren't safe enough, the industry posted the largest ever year-to-year drop in truck-involved fatalities.
Volvo research compares fatigue to drunk driving
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Loss of co-ordination, motor skills, response times, vision, attentiveness and even cognitive ability and attitude are all clear signs of a drunk driver. They're also very similar to characteristics of a driver who hasn't had enough sleep, a new study by Volvo Trucks in Sweden has found.