Why do Indian truck drivers spend so much time in bed?
There are no shortage of ways to spend an evening on the town, and India’s drivers spend an enormous amount of time in their cabins.
According to the Indian Automobile Association, truck drivers in India spend more than 10 hours in their beds every day, while the national average is 9.5 hours.
It says drivers spend around 25% of their working days sleeping.
The survey says the number of drivers who have suffered from sleep apnea in the past year rose by almost 50%.
The association has called for the government to ensure adequate medical care for drivers and to ensure safe work conditions for all.
The organisation has also called for an end to overtime, including overtime on weekends, and for overtime for non-exempt workers who earn less than Rs 10,000 a month.
The survey, titled Sleep, work, sleep, sleep: Why do Indians spend so many hours in bed?, is based on interviews with more than 2,000 drivers in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.
The association is calling for better sleep facilities, safe working conditions and protection of workers.
The association said drivers in the state of Maharashtra spent an average of 8.3 hours in the bed.
The state is home to over 40 million people, according to the Census Bureau.
The most frequent time drivers spent in bed was between 9.7 and 11.3 am, followed by 11.5 to 12.2 pm.
According to the survey, drivers in Chennai spent an estimated 8.9 hours in a bed, followed closely by Bangalore, with an average sleep time of 7.4 hours.
The study also found that drivers spend a lot of time on the phone.
In the survey of 3,000 truck drivers, almost two-thirds of them reported using a mobile phone during their working hours.
Nearly one-third of the respondents said they have used their phone at least once a day.
In terms of time spent at home, almost 50% of drivers said they spent an hour or more at home between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
In terms of hours spent on the computer, just over half the respondents reported spending less than 20 hours per week.
Drivers in the north-eastern state of Tamil Nadu spent an extra 7 hours on the commute each day compared to the south-easterly state of Kerala.
In both states, truckers spend an average 24 hours in one’s cabins each day.
Driving in the country’s southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana also has a high number of people working in their homes.
Drivers in the states spend an extra 4 hours a day in their home compared to truckers in the rest of the country.
Driers in Kerala spend an additional 4.5-6 hours in sleep, while truckers tend to spend more time in the office.
The Indian Association of Automobile Manufacturers (IASAM) also said that truck drivers had a lot to worry about and that they need to improve their sleep habits.
In India, trucking has become a vital activity for millions of people, with around 10 million people working as truckers.
The institute says truck drivers should spend more of their days in bed, and it has recommended a series of measures including better sleep hygiene, proper safety equipment, better ergonomic standards and safe work environments.