No matter what your job entails, you should know your limits; for truck drivers, this is especially important. Make sure you take a break if you feel fatigued or drowsy, or if you notice your reaction time changing. Here is a closer look at some signs you need to take a driving break.
You Feel Fatigued
It can be tempting to keep pushing yourself so you can get to where you need to go, but remember that safety should always be at the top of your list of priorities. If you feel yourself becoming more and more tired, it’s time to take a break. Forcing yourself to keep going can result in disastrous consequences such as property damage, injury, and even fatalities.
Your Driving Is Changing
Fatigue can have a few effects on the human body and mind that can impact your driving. You might suffer from a diminished reaction time, compromised depth perception, and a host of other dangerous effects. This can occur whether or not you recognize that you are tired; if you realize that you are not driving the way you were taught to in truck driving school, pull over and take a break.
You Catch Yourself Daydreaming
Taking your attention off the road at any time is dangerous, even if your eyes are still fixed on the concrete in front of you. Stress, fatigue, and even hunger can cause you to daydream, so take care of your needs on the road. Take a break as soon as you catch yourself daydreaming to keep yourself and others safe.
For more on the signs you need to take a driving break, call Phoenix Truck Driving Institute at (877) 295-5372. Our team is proud to help you start your trucking career by preparing you for your commercial driver’s license. If you’d like to learn more about our CDL school in Phoenix, please do not hesitate to stop by and see us or visit our website.