HGV drivers are out on the road working long hours. There are, of course, statutory requirements and legal limits on the number of hours you can work, when you need to take breaks, and so on. However, there is a practical aspect as well – sometimes your mind and body can be overcome by fatigue.
Ultimately, it can be very tiring to work unsocial hours of the night and morning. Particularly when you are headed down a busy motorway driving a fully-loaded lorry, as you have to carefully keep track of your surroundings using maximum concentration.
For all drivers, being tired behind the wheel can be a serious safety risk. And if you fall asleep while driving any type of vehicle, let alone a massive HGV, it can end up being fatal for both fellow road users and the driver.
This is why it is so important to take precautions in order to avoid ending up in situations where your body and brain start to fade and fall prey to fatigue.
If you follow these Easy As HGV methods it can provide you with the best chance to stay alert while you are behind your lorry’s wheel.
Maintaining a healthy body will help you have a healthy mind as well. And maintaining a level of fitness and health can go a very long way towards keeping your mind alert and sharp and focused longer on your task. Getting some physical exercise integrated into your regular routine while you are away from your job can help with your concentration and being able to react to situations quickly.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to become an Olympic athlete – although who is going to stop you if that’s what you want to do?
However, even adding a medium or small amount of physical activity into your weekly routine can make a big difference. Taking a nice walk a couple of times a week can make a real difference. Improving your physical fitness levels can help you stay alert. Also, it is a great way to fight body fatigue and all of the aches and pains that come with sitting down all day while working.
Rest During Your Rest
Of course, that sounds obvious!
However, it is a basic fact that we need to be well-rested in order to perform our daily functions. You cannot beat getting a good night’s sleep in terms of helping you remain alert for longer and to revitalise yourself.
That can be critical for HGV drivers.
Trying to drive on inadequate sleep can significantly increase the chance of falling asleep and result in dull reactions.
Prior to your shift, it is very important to get a good night’s rest. The minimum recommendation is 7 hours at least. A full night’s rest will re-charge your brain, and give you the best chance to stay fresh and alert while you are out on the road.
We know that truckers are not well-known for having healthy dies. Greasy roadside diners and service station specials are the cliched version of an average day for a lorry driver.
However, we all know that a diet that is heavy on fat- bacon rolls, chips, junk food – is bad for our health. It is also not good for concentration levels when driving. These foods will make you feel bloated and tired after eating them, which can definitely affect how you drive and your sharpness level to provide yourself with the best chance of having a safe journey.