Regardless of whether we’re talking about Security Driving specifically, or the protection profession in general, given the hours and demand placed on practitioners fatigued driving – and all of the risks it represents – is a legitimate occupational hazard.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, some of the causes of fatigue are things which the professional practitioner is all too familiar with, such as interruption or fragmented sleep; chronic sleep debt; and disrupted circadian factors associated with driving patterns.
Today, with the number of studies that have been released on fatigued driving (or driving while drowsy) should an incident occur where fatigue was a factor, claiming ignorance is simply not an option. When it comes to culpability and liability, lawyers just love the term “had reason to know, or should have known” and, unfortunately, when it comes to driving – or protecting – while fatigued, they have a point. So it’s up to the practitioner to recognize the risks and do whatever they can, to the fullest extent possible under whatever the circumstances they may find themselves working in, to reduce fatigue.
This is especially critical when they find themselves behind the wheel – whether it’s because that is their assigned role, or even if their just headed home after a long shift – where vision, information processing, judgment and reaction time are critical factors and are all impacted, sometimes significantly, by fatigue.
The infographic below has some information that every practitioner should certainly be aware of, and some tips on how to reduce fatigue. Not all of them may be practical or always practicable, but should be applied whenever and wherever possible to reduce the risks associated with fatigue – which is truly an occupational hazard for Security Drivers and protection practitioners alike.