Fatigue occurs when an individual does not get enough sleep or quality sleep. It can impair one’s ability to safely perform tasks, including driving. Driver fatigue may be triggered by a lack of adequate sleep, long work hours, strenuous work or non-work activities—or a combination of other factors.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that fatigue was a critical factor in 13% of all commercial vehicle crashes. Drivers who operate for more than eight hours straight are more likely to be in a fatigue-related crash than those who take regular breaks, although fatigued driving is just as much of a danger whether driving short or long distances.
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