According to a recent Australian study published in BMJ, long-haul truck drivers who consume caffeine are less likely to end up in an accident. While one of the researchers of the study states that truck drivers cannot rely on caffeine only to prevent a truck accident, it may be a part of the larger picture. This indicates the importance of Tennessee truck drivers remaining cautious and following the rules of the road.

The study looked at two sets of long-haul drivers who drove tractor units with one, two or three trailers. The group who had been in an accident in the last 12 months numbered 530 drivers and those who had not numbered 517. The researchers interviewed both sets of drivers and looked at age, health, driving experience and caffeine consumption, along with numerous other factors. After making adjustments to take these issues into account, it appeared that those who consume caffeinated substances are 63 percent less likely to end up in an accident. 

Long-haul drivers who use caffeine to stay awake are more alert, but this is only a short-term solution. Drivers will still need to get appropriate amounts of sleep to maintain alertness and their overall health, but drinking caffeinated beverages may be helpful.

Long-haul truckers are often behind the wheel for extended periods of time, and they carry enormous cargo. It is essential that they stay alert and aware of what is going on around them to prevent massive damage and injury in a collision. If someone has been in an accident caused by a long-haul trucker, they may want to consult a personal injury attorney to find out what their legal recourse is.

Source: New York Times, “Caffeine May Boost Driver Safety,” Nicholas Bakalar, March 21, 2013