Sherpa strongly encourages drivers to assess their physical and mental competency before accepting deliveries, especially in relation to driver fatigue.
Driver fatigue is mental or physical tiredness that affects a person’s ability to function. It may impair performance by reducing attentiveness, slowing reaction times, affecting judgement and reducing performance on skilled control tasks.
Being awake for 17 hours or more is estimated to cause a similar level of impairment to a .05 blood alcohol content.
Therefore Sherpa encourages drivers to:
- Take regular breaks;
- don’t work more than 10 consecutive hours within a 24-hour time frame;
- maintain healthy sleeping habits;
- stretch and walk at least every 2 hours.