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Why lorry drivers know the importance of sleep

lorriesWe’ve all been there before: you’re driving and find yourself surrounded by lorry’s, suddenly afraid of the potential accident. There’s something about their massive size that strikes us with fear, even though accidents with these vehicles are far less common than those with other, typical vehicles. Obviously, we all know that an accident with a lorry is far more likely to be deadly.

The news is full of headlines discussing the recent accident between a Wal-Mart employee and comedian Tracy Morgan. But accidents caused by a lack of sleep and long working hours for these drivers are far more common than we realize. Most of them never make it to the news, though, because they don’t involve high-profile individuals and corporations.

The Lack of Sleep is the Biggest Problem

Lorry drivers are often forced to work long hours. They absolutely must maintain a schedule, regardless of the traffic or weather. Most of them are required to complete their runs in times that border on unrealistic even without these challenges. They’re compensated based on the number of miles they drive. The more time they spend on the road, and the faster they’re moving, the more money they can make.

An accident taking place just outside of England earlier this year resulted in several fatalities. The investigation found that the driver, who survived, was sleep deprived. He had been driving for nearly twenty hours straight, despite the laws governing the amount of time he was legally allowed to spend behind the wheel.

Getting Out of the Lorry and Into the Bed

Not only was the driver behind the wheel for far too long, but it was also normal for him to sleep in his truck after completing a haul. This is a common practice. Many lorries even include a compartment fitted with a bed to enable this practice. They’re often fitted with cheap mattresses that prevent the driver from getting a good night’s rest.

While you probably don’t have a job that involves the types of dangers that come with operating a vehicle that literally weighs tonnes, you’re probably facing similar difficulties when it comes to getting the rest you need. So, just what does it take to get the best night’s sleep possible?

First, you should have a good mattress. Many people sleep on the same mattress for far too long. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, this is a sign that it’s time for a new mattress. A memory foam mattress will often provide the best comfort, giving you the rest you need for peak performance during the next day.

It’s also important that you plan for enough sleep. Many people simply watch television before going to bed. They then lie there for far too long before actually drifting off to sleep. It’s a good idea to avoid the screen at least an hour before bed, if not more.

By making sure that you develop good sleeping habits and have a good mattress, you’ll improve your chances of getting sleep that re energises you for the next day. Don’t be like lorry drivers who are often sleep deprived, even if your job doesn’t involve the same level of risk. You’ll be far more productive and happy.

 

How Can Drones Improve Road Safety?

drone road safetyWhile drones or unmanned aerial aircraft are used by the government and their military, there may come a day in the future, when the aircraft will be used by the business arena or in the communities across the UK for other issues. For instance, drones may one day be used to improve road safety. Because they can be pre-programmed for a mission and can stay in flight for long hours, these aircrafts can be do surveillance of roads, bridges, streets and motorways.

These aircraft can also spot areas where heavy congestion is causing issues for car riders, while helping to paint a picture as to the reason, while hopefully leading to a solution. Drones can travel over bridges, showing where there may be heavy wear and tear due to travel and where the bridges to be repaired. They can also travel on motorways all the UK, showing where the need for repair is most critical. These aircrafts can also spot areas where trees or other objects like dangerous wiring have fallen on the road, following a heavy storm.

Areas of decline on roads, motorways, bridges and streets can be investigated quickly, without the use of heavy manpower. Drones can also be used on local streets to show where potholes and other areas of concern for everyday car riders are, leading to faster repairs and a quicker response for the improvement of the problem. And because they have been known for long flight, some up to 82 hours, these aircrafts can survey multiple roads in one day, where the efforts to send manpower there would take much more effort and cost.

The Disadvantages of Using Drones for Surveillance in the Community

While the use of multiple drones flying for surveillance for companies who want to be cost effective and use less manpower hours is a great idea, they can only be pre-programmed to do a certain mission. Once it is pre-programmed, then that is the only mission it can do. If an aircraft is set to go over another area and there are other issues involved in the area, as a machine, it would not be able to accomplish the other necessary required tasks.

Also, there may be what some fear most and that is drone wars, where the pre-programmed aircraft may interfere with others that are out there. If there was a drone war, then confusion may become an issue over how the aircraft can actually manoeuvre around another of the same type.

Using Drones in the Future for Road Safety

While there are many great reasons for the use of drones in the future to do everyday safety checks and surveillances on the roadways, highways, bridges and streets, there are also some concerns by the government in overusing the aircraft.

Business and community leaders have been debating over the use of drones and how it can improve roadways for many years. However, the government says they can only be used for military action of reconnaissance and surveillance and to be armed with missiles and bombs for military battle. Thus, improved roadways at cost effective pricing and little manpower hours will have to wait until the issues can be worked out where drones can be effectively used in the communities.

Bizarre Car Crash in North Wales, UK Leaves No Injuries

st5516A bizarre accident that occurred on the A5104 Saturday June 7 at around 9 in the morning has many scratching their heads as they try to understand how there were no injuries. A passerby noticed that a vehicle had flipped over near an embankment early Saturday morning, and quickly pulled over to see if anyone was injured. What she found was “Amazing, like something out of a storybook” the woman explained.

As the young woman walked around the overturned car to see if anyone was still in the vehicle, she found the driver hanging upside down, while he struggled to release his safety belt. While waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive, she helped the young driver release his belt, and helped him squeeze out of his window. The police arrived shortly after.

Upon questioning, the driver of the vehicle explained that he did not know what exactly caused the accident, other than his steering wheel feeling as if it were being jerked out of his hands. This jerk resulted in the vehicle losing control, and flipping over onto its roof. The driver was administered testing both onsite and at hospital, but there were no drugs or alcohol found in his system.

Another driver who witnessed the accident was equally as stunned by what he saw. He described the accident as “the strangest thing he had ever seen.” The witness explained that he saw the car coming towards him, but all of a sudden, it bounced very hard, much like the vehicle had hit a large hole in the road. It then looked as if the driver jerked the steering wheel hard to the side in an effort to control the vehicle. Upon closer inspection, there were no visible holes in the roadway to explain what the other driver saw.

The vehicle will also be taken in for inspection to see if there is an unknown issue with the steering, even though this was the first time the driver had ever experienced the car behaving in this way.

The remarkable thing about this accident is that the driver was not injured in any way. He walked away from a totaled vehicle, yet did not even have a scratch or bruise to show for it. If that was not strange enough in this case, investigators discovered a backpack that contained a very expensive laptop. The laptop backpack managed to protect the computer, which was entirely unharmed, despite being thrown from the back of the vehicle to the front when the vehicle flipped.

This bizarre accident proves that you never really know what may happen when you are out for a spin. The man says that he is extremely thankful that he walked away with no injuries. He was also very grateful for his laptop backpack, as it protected his computer that he uses for work. He even said, “I don’t know what I would have done if it was destroyed.

200 Bikers Pay Tribute To A Missing Friend Killed While Riding In North Wales

bikers-convoyOver 200 bikers offered a touching memorial tribute to motorcyclist Nino Sorrentino of Mynydd Isa, who was killed on his Suzuki motorbike after a collision with an automobile in Higher Kinnerton in July of 2011. After the crash, he was brought to the Wrexhan Maelor Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The memorial riders rode out in a convoy to raise money for a charity in his memory.

Nino’s mum, dad, and brother were all present for the Big Rock BBQ at the Petrolheads Café Milk Bar located in Boot End. The North Wales Police closed the coast road for three hours for the event. Nick was well liked and many of his close friends and admirers joined in to celebrate the life of the young welder, and to raise awareness of road safety for all riders and drivers. Nino’s accident happened exactly two years after he had sponsored a live music fest in memory of his friend Jessica Ward, after she perished in a car crash in 2008. Nino’s Jess Fest raised £400 for the Walton Neurological Centre in nearby Liverpool, and now Nino’s Big Rock BBQ has raised £3690 for the same good cause.

The Entertainment

After the bikers took to the road in memory of Nino, they revved their bikes in unison at the finish line, and then there was entertainment by several rock bands with a DJ and a BBQ. One of Nino’s close friends performed in a reunion of a band that was one of Nino’s favorites. Sound reinforcement and DJ equipment for the party included a Mackie SRM 450 active public address system with a 24 channel mixing desk, Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK3s, a raised DJ platform, lights, and a projector for the periods between the band performances. Band performances were aided by public address loudspeakers including horns and bass cabinets, stage monitors, microphones, direct injection boxes, cables, and stands, a Lexicon reverb and delay and compresser, and a graphic equalizer, with an engineer qualified to run the system.

The ride out was supported by the North Wales Police and the Department of Transport safety campaign, named Think! which encourages drivers to Think Bike, Think Biker! The campaign points out that motorcycle riders in the UK are 35 times as likely as automobile accidents to suffer fatal injuries in a crash, and more should be done to make drivers aware of the dangers faced by bikers. Although the department is pleased that while KSIs have fallen in the last five years, they also point out that 30 motorcyclists are injured or killed every day at junctions in the UK, so more needs to be done. They offer advice for drivers to improve safety for motorcyclists they encounter, and they also teach motorcyclists how to drive defensively and avoid dangerous situations while riding. The campaign also encourages the universal and proper use of safety helmets and protective clothing to safeguard bikers in the event of a crash.