How to reduce driver fatigue for Uber drivers.
Splend recommends taking a break (of at least 10 minutes) every two hours to avoid driver fatigue. By taking regular breaks it helps to reduce driver mistakes. So next time you feel tired, make sure you pull over in a safe location, stretch those legs out and relax.
Member Support Centres
Splend has Member Support Centres located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. This centre is the home away from home for Splend Members providing somewhere to take a break. There are tea and coffee facilities on hand and a restroom should you need to go to the toilet. The Member Support Centre also has kitchen facilities should Members want to make something to eat.
Be prepared! While you’re on the road, you may be working long shifts and eating well becomes hard to do. It’s very important to eat well, as not only does diet affect your health, it can also affect your performance while driving. Avoid stopping at fast food outlets as these aren’t a healthy long term solution. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and make sure you avoid drinking too much caffeine and sugary drinks.
Exercise is important for a well-balanced lifestyle. To ensure you maintain a healthy work/life balance, it is recommended that you engage in at least 30 minutes per day of physical activity. 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 important for any job! So if you are working late nights, ensure you get adequate sleep the following day.
Driver Comfort – courtesy Ergonomics Simplified
Driver comfort is extremely important for rideshare drivers given the amount of time you spend on the road. Driving, much like sitting at a desk for long periods of time, can cause stress to your neck and lower/upper back. Driving (especially for long hours) creates significant stress to the neck and the upper and lower back. Please follow these simple steps thanks to Ergonomics Simplified to improve your posture while driving:
- Start by pushing your seat all the way back, place it as low to the floor as possible, 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 are too low, try adding a cushion or wedge to the seat. This can also decrease vibration from the road which has been shown to contribute to injury. Be sure it does not make you too high so that you have to bend your head down or to the side.
- 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 the pressure on the discs in your low back. Adjust your headrest, so it rests in the middle of your head. Adjust the lumbar support, so you have even back support. This should be supportive and comfortable. A lumbar cushion can be added if your car lacks sufficient lumbar support.
- Tilt seat cushion until it evenly supports your entire thigh without pressure in particular areas and does not hit the back of your knees. If it presses unevenly, you can restrict circulation and cause discomfort in the legs.
- Adjust the seat belt 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.
- Now 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 and remind you to sit back up.
- Adjust as necessary to make sure you’re in the perfect seating position.
Remember to stay safe on the roads at all time. Take regular breaks. Look after yourself, your passengers and your vehicle at all times.