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Researchers get difference between 18 wheels and four

By Mark Reddig, "Land Line Now" host

The American Automobile Association released a study awhile back on fatigue.

But not fatigue in trucks. This time, car drivers were the subject of the research.

Usually, this type of thing is one of the major problems we face: studies that cover car drivers, and then are applied to truckers as if there’s no difference between the two.

There is a difference between an amateur plumber and a professional. There is a difference between a professional doctor and a guy who took a CPR class down at the Y.

And there is a difference between an amateur driver – which is, after all, what most car drivers are – and a professional truck driver.

For most car drivers, driving is what they do before and after a full workday. And yes, I’ve seen many who drove countless hours after a full day working on something else.

For truckers, this is their workday. They are adapted to that environment and the work.

Now, earlier, I said this type of study is usually a problem. But, in this case, I kind of like this study.

That’s because it finally puts some focus where it should be, and where the real safety problems are on the road – the vehicles with four wheels, not 18.

Science: It’s refreshing when it works right. LL

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