Stay Safe and Alert Behind the Wheel
As a CMV driver, you need to be alert and clear-headed on the job. These new resources have been designed to help commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers stay safe and alert behind the wheel.
Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs for common ailments, including allergies, colds, depression, muscle pain, anxiety disorders, and high blood pressure can cause drowsiness, slow reaction time, and impair vision and coordination. Medications, whether over-the-counter (OTC), prescription (Rx) or a combination of both, can cause drowsiness or dizziness, slow reaction time and impair coordination, affect vision and other skills that are needed to be a focused driver.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has developed a free online tool that provides information about medication side effects and drug interactions that may be relevant to safe vehicle operation. Drivers
can enter the names of medications they may be taking—OTC or Rx—and instantly receive confidential, personalized results. Take a minute to visit AAA ’s www.roadwiserx.com where you can print your results and discuss them with your physician, if necessary.
North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP)
The NAFMP is designed to address the issue of driver fatigue with a comprehensive approach that includes:
- Information on how to develop a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue.
- Fatigue management education for drivers, drivers’ families, carrier executives and managers, shippers/receivers, and dispatchers.
- Information on sleep disorders screening and treatment driver and trip scheduling information.
- Driver and trip scheduling information
- Information on Fatigue Management Technologies
Specific resources are provided for:
- Motor Carrier Executives and Managers
- Safety Managers and Other Trainers
- Dispatchers and Driver Managers
- Commercial Drivers
- Driver Spouses and Family
- Freight Shippers and Receivers