ABC News Report Last Night Regarding Sleep Deprived Truck Drivers

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Colleen W.'s Comment
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http://abcnews.go.com/US/danger-forcing-truck-drivers-drive-sleep-deprived-exposed/story?id=25544862

mountain girl's Comment
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It's the driver's call.

Fatigued Truckers

There are many things he can do to fight fatigue: good night's rest, exercise, a little caffeine, frequent breaks, proper diet, etc. I asked a friend of mine how he handled fatigue. He was a Harrier Jump-Jet pilot and flights to Europe were 8 hours straight and borrr-ING. He'd bring a full-sized pizza. One slice for each hour of flight for a good carb load, to keep his blood glucose up. He refused to drink energy drinks because there was always a drop-off when they wore off. Refueling was in the air, so no break there. However, whenever he did get to land for refueling he'd do push-ups to get his blood circulating again.

But ultimately, it's the driver's call, in my opinion.

Also, I have to remind myself that the media is inflammatory with every story they do.

Thanks for the link.

-mountain girl

David's Comment
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Good story..

I can say, being sleep deprived is the worst feeling while being behind the wheel.. I've experienced the microsleep.. Its scary.. No mater what, if your tired, SLEEP! I'd rather take a service failure or a write up over wrecking for being tired. No load is worth it...

I've over heard a few "seasoned" driver state that they run with 2 log books.. Just to keep them self's rolling. Its hard to false the elogs though. Most bigger company's are on them now..

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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http://abcnews.go.com/US/danger-forcing-truck-drivers-drive-sleep-deprived-exposed/story?id=25544862

Wow, they actually said the wrecks are mostly not the truckers` fault. So, Why do the story?

David's Comment
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Ironicly, I'm watching the episode on 20/20.. Also talking about killer guard rails.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Ironicly, I'm watching the episode on 20/20.. Also talking about killer guard rails.

Ah. Killer guard rails... Hmm

Belluavir's Comment
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Hey its RunHardGetPaid, a youtube former truck driver. He quit K&B and abandoned his truck. There's a thread response somewhere on this site about the video he made that was mentioned in the article, Brett and a few others weren't buying it and had presented a pretty good case for why. I'm sure this news article is just a beat-up, to hijack a contemprary proverb: belly-aching sells.

He's the one driving the truck, its his responsibility to stop if he's too tired and its his responsiblity to prevent becoming too tired as much as possible. The downside of autonomy is having to actually be autonomous.

mountain girl's Comment
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Hey its RunHardGetPaid, a youtube former truck driver. He quit K&B and abandoned his truck. There's a thread response somewhere on this site about the video he made that was mentioned in the article, Brett and a few others weren't buying it and had presented a pretty good case for why. I'm sure this news article is just a beat-up, to hijack a contemprary proverb: belly-aching sells.

He's the one driving the truck, its his responsibility to stop if he's too tired and its his responsiblity to prevent becoming too tired as much as possible. The downside of autonomy is having to actually be autonomous.

-Belluavir

Are you referring to the fatigued driver's report?

-mountain girl

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That was Abe the dumb a$$ in the ABC story. Clearly he has pulled the wool over someone's eyes. I did not read the story just because I saw his picture at the top of the story.

Abe is the perfect example of the kind of people we don't need in trucking.

Colleen W.'s Comment
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So do dispatchers try to bully drivers into driving when the driver is too tired to drive? I've only driven once when I shouldn't have because I was too tired and almost wrecked my car. My sleep has always been a priority, my parents didn't need to give me a curfew because the knew I couldn't stay out after midnight. I do I literally turn into a pumpkin. No amount of coffee and a brisk walk would do the trick for me. I was raised in Wyoming, we went camping in the snow so the cold just puts me to sleep. I don't know this guy and yet I feel that there is more to this story.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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