The Danger of Fatigue


Arrive Alive figures suggest that 27.5% of accidents on our roads are caused by trucks and light delivery vehicles. The most common factors contributing to road accidents include unroadworthy vehicles, burst tyres, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and overtaking when it is unsafe to do so.

“While we understand that no single approach can rid South Africa’s roads of incompetent or unlicensed drivers, there are solutions to reducing the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles. It requires a combination of regular driver evaluation and corrective training, fleet technology monitoring systems, and close management of driver schedules to prevent fatigue and negligence,” says Arnoux Mare, MD of Innovative Staffing Solutions.

“Our experience is that many logistics firms struggle to fill their quota of drivers, which often forces managers to demand longer working hours from drivers, resulting in fatigue. It also means they cannot be taken off their shift for necessary refresher training.”

Fatigue affects driving in various ways, from slowed reaction time to lack of concentration. If a driver’s reaction time is just half a second slower while driving at 40km/h, it may take two car lengths longer to stop.

Statistics suggest that drivers who have not slept for 17 hours are comparable to drivers with a 0.05 blood alcohol level. Someone who has not slept for 24 hours has the same driving impairment as someone with 0.10 blood alcohol levels.

“We adopt a multi-faceted approach to road safety which includes the management of drivers’ needs for proper, regular rest, as well as advanced driving instruction. We regularly test our drivers’ emergency reactions, and train them in scenarios beyond what is experienced on the roads. As a result, we have fewer accidents, which translates into considerable benefits for our clients,” Arnoux concludes.

Innovative Staffing Solutions

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