How to manage driver fatigue as an Uber driver

    How to manage driver fatigue as an uber driver
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    We recommend taking at least a 10-minute break every two hours to avoid driver fatigue. By taking regular breaks you reduce the chances of making mistakes.

    Next time you feel tired, pull over in a safe location, stretch those legs out and relax.

    Member Support Centres

    We have Member Support Centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. This centre is the home away from home for Splend members to take a break while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. The Member Support Centre also has couches, kitchens, and restrooms.

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    Food

    While you’re on the road, you may be working long shifts and eating well becomes a challenge. Your diet can affect your performance, so as convenient it is while on the road, try to avoid fast food as much as possible. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and make sure you avoid drinking too much caffeine and sugary drinks.

    Exercise

    Exercise is important for a well-balanced lifestyle. For a healthy work/life balance, engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Stretching your neck, back and shoulders is a great way of maintaining your muscle health after long periods on the road. A good night’s sleep is also crucial for any job, all the more so for driving. So if you’re working late nights, make sure you get enough sleep the following day.

    Adjusting your car seat

    courtesy of Ergonomics Simplified
    Driver comfort is extremely important if you’re an on-demand driver, given the amount of time you spend on the road. Driving long hours, much like sitting at a desk for long periods of time, can cause stress to your neck and your back.

    You can improve your posture while driving if you set up your cockpit following these simple steps, courtesy of Ergonomics Simplified:

    • Start by pushing your seat all the way back, lower it as much as it goes, and recline it back 30-40 degrees.
    • Next, bring the seat height up until you can comfortably see the road and instruments and your hips are as high as your knees.
    • If you’re still too low, add a cushion or wedge. This can also decrease vibration from the road which has can contribute to injury. Don’t set it too high either.
    • Move the seat forward so you can reach and completely depress all the foot pedals without coming away from the seat back.
    • Bring the back forward until you are reclined at a 100-110 degree angle. This decreases pressure on your lower back.
    • Adjust your headrest, so it rests in the middle of your head.
    • Adjust the lumbar support, so you have even, comfortable back support. If your car doesn’t have this option, add an aftermarket lumbar cushion.
    • Tilt your seat cushion until it evenly supports your entire thigh and you no longer feel any pressure. It shouldn’t touch the back of your knees. Unevenly pressure can restrict blood flow to your legs and cause serious long-term issues.
    • Adjust the seat belt height to fit you instead of adjusting the seat to accommodate the seat belt position.
    • Bring the steering wheel down and toward you to minimise reach and stress on your body. The less your elbows reach forward and up, the less the strain on your neck and upper back.
    • Adjust the mirrors. If you start to slouch down or get in a bad position, the mirrors will feel as they need to be adjusted – a good reminder to sit back up and start looking for a place to take a break.

    About Splend

    We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.

    We’re more than a car rental company. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our members enjoy driver training and dedicated support via a personal account manager, as well as member benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.

    For more information about Splend, drop by to your local Member Support Centreemail us or say hello on 1800 775 363.

    AUTHOR

    Balazs Szekely

    Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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