Lessons for reducing professional driver fatigue

Driver fatigue is a serious safety issue affecting the transportation industry. Fatigued drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision and put other road users at risk. Not only does fatigue impact driver attention and alertness, it also may lead to increased driver error.

What is a Fatigue Management Program?
A fatigue management program can help drivers learn more about fatigue in the workplace and decrease the number of fatigue-related collisions. The program starts with understanding:

  1. The benefits of the fatigue managment program
  2. The factors that cause fatigue
  3. The impacts of fatigue

The goal is to improve driver and public safety by measuring and managing the risk of fatigue.

Why?

Managing fatigue and being proactive in your approach to fatigued driving can help minimize collisions.

How?

Carriers of all transportation industries and sizes can refer to the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP) framework below as a guide to develop their own programming.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Learn about fatigue management and program development.
  2. Download the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP) learning modules
  3. Develop a fatigue management program, including policies, guidelines, procedures and training
  4. Implement the program
  5. Evaluate if the program helped to reduce fatigue-related accidents in your business