Truck drivers benefit from caffeine consumption, says study

April 1st, 2013 - by DKRPA

When we talk about truck accidents on this blog, the discussion usually centers on driver fatigue and rest laws. There are federal mandates that require trucking companies to give truck drivers a break after a certain number of hours on the clock. That way the driver can get some sleep, get his or her head clear and be ready for the next assignment.

Sometimes, though, trucking companies (and even the drivers themselves) will skirt these laws. It proves beneficial for the company (which gets more shipments delivered) and for the driver (who gets to work more and get paid more); but often comes at the cost of public safety. If a truck accident occurs, the victims of the accident need to get an attorney on their side quickly so that they can investigate the trucking company’s work records.

If negligence is found, on either the part of the company or the driver, then the victim would have a very good case to make in civil court.

Australian researchers, though, may have found out one piece to the truck accident puzzle — at least when it comes to tired drivers. The researchers performed a study that looked at two groups of truck drivers that were of roughly equal size. One group had been in an accident recently, while the other had not been involved with one in at least 12 months.

The study found that truck drivers who consumed caffeine were 63 percent less likely to be involved in an accident than those drivers who did not have the substance in their system.

The results are far from conclusive, but they point to how dangerous a sleepy driver actually is. Hopefully regulatory organizations can use this data and other information to improve truck safety in the near future.

Source: New York Times, “Caffeine May Boost Driver Safety,” Nicholas Bakalar, March 21, 2013

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