Page 30 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - December 2021
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 POINTS OF VIEW
 PREVENTING DRIVER FATIGUE AND DISTRACTIONS
Fatigue is estimated to be the cause of up to one in five of all road crashes, and as commercial drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, this is something operators need to be aware of, but technology can help prevent tiredness-related accidents, as
Emily Hardy from Brigade Electronics explains.
 L ast year, road transport accounted for more than
three-quarters of the freight transported across Europe.
Operating large commercial vehicles takes a great deal of precision and skill. Drivers undertake rigorous training
to ensure they can effectively manage and manoeuvre their lorries safely and proficiently. However, driving can also be
highly pressurised with numerous demands placed on drivers, including working to tight deadlines, operating in confined spaces and travelling in difficult conditions, such as harsh weather or darkness. Drivers must also be able to concentrate for long periods and be prepared to work alone for lengthy stretches.
There’s no doubt that working as
a commercial driver is a demanding job and that safety is a top priority for
Emily Hardy
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