As any trucker knows, life on the road can be lonely. Many spend months at a time away from home and family. Living in a space of three to five square metres, they rotate between the steering wheel, gas cooker and bed. It’s not hard to understand why some might turn to alcohol for respite.
Driving conditions in winter are notoriously worse compared to warmer months. Ice, fog, and snow all make for dangerous driving conditions. But the weather is not the only factor truck drivers need to consider as the seasons change.
Here’s a sobering fact for you: trucking is the eighth highest occupation most likely to commit suicide. To say this doesn’t make for easy reading is an understatement, but it’s a conversation we need to have.
There’s no doubt that truck drivers are at greater risk of being involved in traffic accidents than other drivers. After all, when you spend hours at a time behind the wheel of a 40-tonne truck, the risk is bound to increase.