A common complaint about truckers is drowsy driving or fatigued driving.(*) Can a Nap Zapper Anti-Sleep Alarm keep them from falling asleep at the wheel?
This device -- designed to be worn around the ear -- supposedly works on the principle of electronic balance.
One is shown here from Amazon.com, with which we have an affiliate relationship.
An internal switch monitors the position of the driver's head based on pre-set specifications.
If the driver's head falls beyond the pre-set limit, the device emits an alarm.
According to the description provided by Amazon.com, the device -- which is about the size of an external hearing aid -- does not interfere with normal movements and will stay in place around one ear even if glasses are worn.
The unit uses one 6-volt alkaline battery, which is included.
* As we say on our Sleep Better page,
There are those who persist in saying that the number of truck accidents due to fatigue is higher than it is. The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) put this to rest in October 2010, saying that, "... fatigued driving was coded as a factor in only 1.4 percent of fatal large truck crashes ...."(1)
If you are a professional truck driver and you have used the Nap Zapper Anti-Sleep Alarm within the last 6 months, we invite you to review it through the form below, answering questions such as these:
1. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=19786 (no longer online)