The people who drive trucks for a living work long hours and fight fatigue every day. The goal of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to improve highway safety, and as part of that effort, the department has issued regulations regarding the number of hours truck drivers may operate.
What truckers are up against
In addition to working long hours, truckers must deal with an environment made up of close quarters and constant vehicle vibration. They often operate on insufficient sleep and live on a diet that is irregular at best. In their line of work, they deal with daily traffic frustrations as well as stretches of bad weather and dangerous road conditions. Fatigue is ever present, and so is the possibility of a highway accident.