How Truckers Can Stay Healthy for the Long Haul
The trucking industry is one of the largest employers in North America. In fact, in Canada alone, there are more than 300,000 drivers. Truckers have to work in unique conditions that can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being. These conditions often mean irregular schedules, long hours, minimal physical activity, limited access to healthy meals and stressful timelines. Life on the road has its challenges, but by being aware of them, truckers can make adjustments to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The following are a few tips to help truckers stay healthy for the long haul:
- Reduce stress and fatigue. Truck drivers can be tempted to speed to their next stop or skip rest breaks while trying to make deadlines. This can be dangerous not only to the driver but to others on the road. To discourage these habits, set limits on maximum driving distances and allow drivers to make overnight stops. Employers should also consider including extra time in delivery schedules to account for weather and traffic conditions.
- Develop healthy eating habits. Truckers should be encouraged to bring their own healthy food options, drink water instead of sugary beverages and take time to be physically active. This can be done by providing drivers with resources like healthy recipes they can prepare, a lunch bag or cooler, an insulated water bottle and workout ideas they can easily do while on the road.
- Prevent back pain. Truckers can experience a variety of aches and pains because they sit in the same position for many hours a day. To alleviate this pain, drivers should sit up straight, use a lumbar support cushion and take time to stretch when on breaks. A driver’s seating position is also important. The seat should be in a position where the driver’s knees are the same height or slightly lower than their hips. The driver should also be able to press the pedals and see out of the side mirrors without moving their lower back away from the seat.
When employers and drivers are aware of the risks and implement preventive strategies, truck drivers can lead healthier and happier lifestyles. For more best trucking insurance practices, or to find out how to reduce your insurance costs call CMB at 780.424.2727 or click here to get a quote.