Caffeine Reliance when Driving

Whether you prefer tea, coffee or energy drinks, caffeinated beverages are a part of many peoples daily routines. This is partly down to the effect caffeine has on the human nervous system; increasing alertness, the ability to focus and concentrate easier, as well as reducing fatigue and drowsiness, and, partly down to addiction.



Caffeine is a natural compound found in coffee beans, tea leaves and cacao seeds, amongst other sources. It is one of the most used drugs in the world and is deemed relatively safe in controlled doses. It raises heart rate and respiration, making it an excellent stimulant for weight loss and sporting activity. That being said, sustained use over a period of time often requires a higher level than previously consumed to achieve the same effect, which can spiral quite quickly.



Due to the immediate side effects of drinking caffeinated drinks, they are very popular with long haul drivers. Is this reliance on caffeine safe while on the road? Studies seem to suggest that the answer to this question is yes. In fact, accidents and crashes were 63% less likely to occur if the driver had consumed a caffeinated beverage.



Of course, this is great news for businesses that rely on long haul drivers of HGVs and other trucks, as fewer accidents and improved driver safety are top priorities. However, caffeinated drinks should never be a substitute for sleep and should be consumed in moderation, to ensure the body can rest fully, with ease, between shifts.



A great way of monitoring the habits and behaviour of your long haul drivers is through the use of fleet tracking. Not only will this allow you to keep on top of their location and inform customers and clients of expected times of arrival in real time, but it also affords you the opportunity to analyse how efficient and safe your drivers are.



In terms of caffeine use, you will be able to spot trends as to when your drivers might be feeling tired, especially towards the end of a shift or at the end of the week. With this data on your side, you can plan easier routes or schedule more frequent rest periods, to ensure the safety of your staff.



With so many other benefits available through the use of fleet tracking, such as saving money and time, generating reports and monitoring fuel usage, please see our website for more information. It makes sense to take control of your business from the front line, and to do so with such ease, so choose Phantom tracking for your business.