As a truck driver, you are part of a huge national fleet of workers whom others rely on every day to receive shipments on time. This is an old and proud profession, but as you might already know, it can also be a difficult one. You and other truck drivers in Ohio and elsewhere may do well to consider your physical and mental health when it comes to keeping yourself and others safe.
Nearly everyone knows that truckers spend a lot of time on the roads. Long hours sitting in a cab with no physical activity, as well as the stress of trying to get your shipment to its place on time, can wreak havoc on your health and put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke or falling asleep at the wheel. The following tips may help to get you on a better track:
- Be sure to get plenty of sleep or address any untreated sleep disorders. Since fatigue is a major factor in trucking accidents, this cannot be stressed enough.
- Try to get at least 20 minutes of physical exercise each day, even if you just get out of the truck at a rest stop to walk around and stretch your legs.
- Fast food and gas station snacks are easy and convenient when you are on the road, but terrible for your health. If you have no choice but to grab food on the go, try to pick the healthiest choice on the menu. Whenever possible, make and pack your own meals.
- The boredom and isolation you feel on your routes might contribute to depression and anxiety. Try to stay connected with friends and family while you are away from home, and speak with a professional if you need help managing your stress.
The truck driver lifestyle is not for everyone. Excelling at your job already proves that you are a rare breed. Recognizing and dealing with the potential health problems related to your career may help you stick around a lot longer than if you fall victim to unhealthy habits.