Driver Fatigue Overview

Driving while fatigued is a significant safety risk for people who drive at any time for work. It’s a form of physical and mental impairment and a contributing factor in many vehicle crashes. Fatigue slows decision-making and reaction time, negatively affects judgment and vision, and causes loss of focus. This can put all road users at risk. Tired drivers involved in a crash, and their employers, could be held legally liable.

Who’s At Risk?

Everyone feels fatigued at some point and driving can intensify its effects. Drivers are often in a warm environment, the rhythm of the vehicle can be soothing, and the route can be monotonous. Fatigue can strike at any time of day, whether drivers make a few short trips to meet clients or long trips to transport goods.

Some workers have a greater risk, including:

  • Night or rotating shift workers
  • Long-haul commercial vehicle drivers
  • People taking prescribed and over-the-counter medications
  • Young males (especially under age 26)
  • People with sleep disorders
  • People under the influence of alcohol or marijuana

This Tool Kit includes the following resources:

  • Impacts, Causes, and Warning Signs

    Key factors causing fatigue, the risks they create for drivers, and symptoms of fatigued drivers in your workplace.

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  • Employer Tools and Resources

    Your legal responsibilities for the safety of workers who drive for work, and basic steps small and large businesses can take to reduce the risks of driver fatigue.

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  • Driver Tools and Resources

    Steps you can take to eliminate or reduce your fatigue risks in your workplace on wheels.

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