Fatigued drivers are unsafe at any speed

Posted on November 1, 2002

Concerns are rising about how to reduce the dangers of sleepy drivers. People who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which the sufferer wakes up hundreds of times a night because of a blocked breathing passage, often are chronically fatigued and can fall asleep behind the wheel. To help manage this problem, Lancer Insurance suggests that fleet managers learn to recognize the symptoms of this life-threatening condition: • Snoring regularly and loudly • Overweight by 25 pounds or more • Daytime drowsiness • Routinely sleeps 6 hours or less • Has high blood pressure and/or heart problems

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