Health Issues

Our features, opinions and tips for a healthy life as truck driver

Covid-19 testing for lorry drivers entering UK

New coronavirus rules applying to hauliers from outside the UK has come into effect on 6 April.

Common injuries from a truck accident

When you drive for a living, it’s important that you understand road safety. Not just for your own safety as a truck driver, but also for the safety of those around you. When talking about accidents, there are huge differences between a car and a truck – not least that a truck is much larger and heavier than a car. As a result, there are also huge differences between what happens when either one is involved in an accident. Data shows that more than 5,000 HGVs were involved in road traffic accidents in Great Britain during 2017. Clearly, accidents are going to happen – and with accidents come injuries.  As a truck driver, it’s important you’re prepared should you be involved in an accident yourself. When you pitch a truck against a car, it’s almost certainly going to be the car that comes o...[Read More]

How to tell if someone has a drinking problem

Think you know how to spot someone with a drinking problem? Sometimes it’s not as easy as it seems. Lots of people talk about the UK’s drinking culture – we drink to relax, to socialise and to spend time in our local pub. But, we all drink in different ways and to different degrees, which can make spotting a drinking problem in someone else a challenge. According to research, Brits get drunk more than everyone else in the world (on average, once a week). But how does that translate into drink driving statistics? Drink driving: The reality of drinking when you drive for a living It’s not easy keeping up appearances when you have a drink problem, whether at home or at work. But when you drive a truck for a living, the idea that you can hide a drink problem feels downright dangerous. The majo...[Read More]

Campaign to tackle truck driver mental health

The newly-launched CALM Driver campaign aims to raise awareness of truck drivers’ mental health. A collaborative effort between Driving for Better Business (DfBB), Highways England and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the campaign also wants to reduce the stigma surrounding the subject. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the suicide rate for truck drivers is 20% higher than the national average. The combination of unpredictable journey times, traffic congestion, tight deadlines, heavy workloads, and limited social interaction is affecting the mental health of truck drivers of all ages. Speaking about the new campaign, Mark Cartwright, head of commercial vehicle incident prevention at Highways England, said: “Drivers who get behind the wheel whe...[Read More]

Risk of fatal injury high in transport sector

New data has revealed the transport sector has an injury rate far higher than the average in other sectors.

Vegan truckers – are you up for joining the trend?

Yes, following a vegan diet when working in trucking will probably require a bit more thought and effort. But the benefits of eating a healthy diet are not to be scoffed at.

What are the UK’s drink-drive limits?

Here’s everything you need to know about the UK alcohol limit and the laws on drinking and driving.

How truck drivers can stay healthy on the road

Here are three truck driver health tips to get you started.

6 things truck drivers should remember in a pandemic

Here are six safety tips truck drivers should consider during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

How truck drivers can reduce back pain

Truckers are four times more likely to suffer from back pain than your average person. Unfortunately, it’s something that comes with the job.

How fleet managers can look after their truck drivers’ health and wellbeing

Around 35% of illness at work in the transport industry is attributed to issues with mental health (although that figure is likely to be higher, considering the stigma surrounding the issue). 

Guide to on the road fitness

Truckers aren’t renowned for being the picture of glowing health. Research has shown that truck drivers are often obese (many morbidly so), and have the highest risk of chronic health problems of any occupational group.