MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) — Driving instructors and truckers are sending out a reminder to take a break whenever you want one whereas on the highway.
The reminder comes after Thursday’s I-10 semi-truck crash that was brought on by the driving force falling asleep behind the wheel, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Many of the truck drivers ABC 27 spoke to on the Pilot Truck Cease in Halfway have been taking their federally mandated breaks — after working as arduous as these guys do — these 10-hour breaks are wanted for protected driving.
Truck driver Brandon Booker hauls items for corporations like Walmart, FedEx and Amazon.
“Driving protected, being protected on a regular basis,” stated Booker. “When you really feel sleepy, it doesn’t matter what the deadline is on the load or something like that, pull over and discover someplace protected to park, get your self a few hours of sleep.”
Driving shipments throughout the nation, Booker is aware of how tiring the job can get.
“When that 14 hours begins, it would not cease,” defined Booker. “Inside that 14 hours, you may have 11 hours of drive time.”
Booker added that he is aware of the significance of resting when drained.
The truck driver, based on the FHP report from Thursday’s crash, hit one other semi-parked on the shoulder.
In accordance with The Federal Motor Service Security Administration, driver fatigue is accountable for round 13% of huge truck crashes yearly.
Tallahassee Neighborhood School’s Jessica Griffin who oversees the faculty’s Commerical Driver’s License coaching instructors informed ABC 27 that the lengthy driving hours aren’t the one factor that may fatigue drivers.
“It does require a number of very bodily expertise or actions,” stated Griffin. “Some drivers may simply have to return as much as the dock, drop off a load and maintain it shifting. However you do have others which might be accountable for really unloading their product.”
And for the drivers of Thursday’s crash, one was taken to the hospital with critical accidents whereas the opposite was unhurt.