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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Fatigue, Long-Term Health, and Highway Safety: Research Needs
     

Driver Fatigue

 
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Paper commissioned by the committee:

Review of Commercial Driver Fatigue Research Methodologies by Ronald R. Knipling

 

There are approximately 4,000 fatalities in crashes involving trucks and buses in the United States each year. Though estimates are wide-ranging, possibly 10 to 20 percent of these crashes might have involved fatigued drivers. The stresses associated with their particular jobs (irregular schedules, etc.) and the lifestyle that many truck and bus drivers lead, puts them at substantial risk for insufficient sleep and for developing short- and long-term health problems.

Research Needs on CMV Driver Fatigue, Long-Term Health and Highway Safety assesses the state of knowledge about the relationship of such factors as hours of driving, hours on duty, and periods of rest to the fatigue experienced by truck and bus drivers while driving and the implications for the safe operation of their vehicles. This report evaluates the relationship of these factors to drivers’ health over the longer term, and identifies improvements in data and research methods that can lead to better understanding in both areas.


Sponsors: U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


Contact:  Mike Cohen

 

 

 

 



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