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.
However, truck drivers may be exposed to other risks that are less obvious. The lifestyle of a trucker is inherently sedentary and healthy food is not always readily available.
According to a study by NIOSH, long-haul truckers are more than twice as likely to be obese compared to other working adults. They are also more likely to smoke, and suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
This comes as little surprise when you’re talking about a job that requires being seated for 11 hours a day and offers little in the way of healthy eating options. Let’s be honest, you’re far more likely to find burger and chips on a truck stop menu than a bowl of salad.
Luckily, there are ways you can reduce these health risks. If you’re waiting to be loaded go for a walk (even if it’s only for ten minutes) to stretch your legs and get some exercise.
Before you set off, stock up on healthy snacks – fast food is convenient, but too much of it does you no favours. And if you’re feeling anxious or stressed in any way, talk to someone (a quick video chat with friends or family is often a great way to lift your spirits).
Aside from anything else, this unhealthy lifestyle could be putting off potential new drivers – and considering the current driver shortage, this needs to change.
What are you doing to stay healthy while on the road?