Caffeine has long been promoted as a way to reduce the risk of fatigued and drowsy driving among truck drivers. A new study confirms the effectiveness of this approach. Long-haul truck drivers, who have a high intake of caffeine, are less likely to be involved in a truck accident, compared to truck drivers who don’t consume as much caffeine.
According to research conducted by Australian scientists, caffeine can be a useful tool in helping reduce the risk of truck accidents. The researchers analyzed data involving 530 long-haul truck drivers, who had recently been involved in an accident. The drivers were then compared with 517 drivers, who were not involved in an accident over the past year.
The research was based on interviews of the truck drivers, and the researchers obtained information about the lifestyle and health condition of the truck driver, as well as the amount of caffeine consumption over the past month. The researchers found that drivers who had consumed caffeine were approximately 63% less likely to be involved in an accident, compared to non-caffeinated drivers. The results of the study stayed consistent even after accounting for factors like experience, age, the number of miles driven, amount of sleep, number of naps, and other factors.
The results of the study have been published in the journal BMJ.
The results of the study should not be taken to mean that drivers can go without sleep for long periods of hours, and merely drink coffee in order to stay awake. Truck accident lawyers know that there is no substitute for a good 7 to 8 hours of rest every night, and every trucking company’s sleep management program must include adequate rest for the truck driver. However, in the short-term, caffeine can be a quick fix to help a driver stay awake.
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