New guidance is now available from Brake’s Global Fleet Champions (GFC) campaign to help fleets looking to reduce the risks associated with driver fatigue.
The ‘Identifying and addressing driver fatigue’ guidance will help to increase awareness of the risks of driving while tired and how technology and good risk management can help reduce those risks.
The report features expert advice from key players in road safety, including Paul Jackson, head of impairment research at TRL. Jackson advises fleet managers to pinpoint the causes of fatigue in their workforce and use this knowledge to create an effective fatigue management strategy to prevent fatigue becoming a serious risk to their drivers.
Meanwhile David Lee, clinical director at Sleep Unlimited, explains the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea, a common cause of fatigue, and gives advice to help drivers manage the condition, explaining that failure to do so could result in serious financial, reputational and legal consequences in the event of a crash.
Sarah Plumb, senior fleet officer at Brake, said: “Ensuring the safety of your fleet goes further than vehicle maintenance; the person behind the wheel also needs to be fit for the road. Fatigue can affect anyone, regardless of experience, and those who drive for work are at particular risk. This guidance report is a valuable resource for anyone who manages at-work drivers.”