Health Issues

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

Wear shades, stay safe

Drivers who don’t wear sunglasses when the sun is shining could be inadvertently putting themselves and other road users at risk.

Going solo: it’s lonely on the road

Ask any trucker about their toughest challenge and one response will keep coming up: solitude.

Crank it up!

Pulling tarps, cranking gears, and shifting freight. Plenty of people would baulk at the idea, but for truckers it’s just one part of the job.

The long, hard road for truckers

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.

How longer daylight hours affect truckers

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.

Study confirms it’s lonely on the road

New research has revealed that more than half of people working in transport and logistics feel lonely always, often or some of the time.

How can truckers stay healthy?

Trucking companies are failing to give drivers the education and tools they need to stay healthy. Simply offering health screenings is not enough.

Fighting the stigma around depression in trucking

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.

Twins: Truck driver and triathlete

The lives of identical twins has been placed under the spotlight in a recent study. One twin works as a truck driver, the other has spent the last 30 years training as an ironman triathlete.

Unhealthy lifestyle creates risks for truckers

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.

New guidance on monitoring driver mental welfare

New guidelines on how fleet managers and HR departments can monitor their drivers’ mental wellbeing have been published by road safety charity Brake.

Is the 45-hour rest rule making an impact?

At the end of last year, the European Union ruled that truck drivers are entitled to a proper break and should not have to make do with a quick kip in their cab when they get the chance.