Sound exhausting? It is—and it can lead to deadly accidents. Research shows that driving while fatigued can be just as impairing as driving under the influence of alcohol. And when the driver of an up-to-80,000-pound truck dozes off behind the wheel, the results can be absolutely catastrophic.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limits how many hours truckers can drive—which is now a maximum of 70 hours during an 8-day period—and requires them to keep daily logs of their activities. However, truck operators often find ways to falsify these logs to stay on the road longer, such as making a second, “clean” set of logs. While the introduction of electronic logging devices, or ELDs, has made it slightly more difficult to create fraudulent logs, drivers can still unfairly and unsafely game the system.