How do I manage driver fatigue whilst delivering?

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Assess Your Competency

  1. Check Your Physical and Mental State: Before accepting deliveries, ensure you are physically and mentally capable, especially in relation to driver fatigue.

Understanding Driver Fatigue:

  • What is Driver Fatigue? It's mental or physical tiredness that impairs your ability to function.
  • Effects of Fatigue: Reduced attentiveness, slower reaction times, poor judgment, and decreased performance in skilled tasks.
  • Fatigue vs. Alcohol: Being awake for 17 hours or more can impair you as much as a .05 blood alcohol content.

Follow Sherpa's Safety Recommendations

  1. Take Regular Breaks: Rest periodically to stay alert.
  2. Limit Working Hours: Don't work more than 10 consecutive hours within a 24-hour period.
  3. Maintain Healthy Sleeping Habits: Ensure you get enough sleep.
  4. Stretch and Walk: Take a break to stretch and walk at least every 4 hours.

These principles are detailed in the driver’s onboarding manual under “fitness to drive.”

Recognise Early Warning Signs of Fatigue

  • Yawning
  • Poor concentration
  • Sore/tired eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow reactions
  • Boredom
  • Oversteering

Step 4: Take Action if You Experience Warning Signs

  1. Pull Over for a Break: A 20-minute nap is effective.
  2. Stop for a Coffee: Note that caffeine's effects are short-lived and not suitable for everyone.
  3. Regular Breaks: Take them even if you don’t feel tired to prevent fatigue.

For More Information: Check your State or Territory's road agency for additional tips.

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