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4 Smart Sleeping Tips for Truck Drivers

It's hard to argue against the fact that sleep is vital. Whether you're a truck driver, student, or computer programmer — sleep is crucial for your health and ability to do your job well. However, we often take it for granted and don't talk about it enough. As June is Men's Health Awareness month, we thought it would be helpful to not only discuss the importance of sleep but also share some tips on how to improve your sleeping habits.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Bio-Monitoring And Telematics: The Future Of Driver Health Monitoring

*Updated June 2022

Today’s modern truck has the ability to collect and transmit information on many facets of its operation -- including your driving performance and any impending equipment breakdowns. And, with today’s technology advancing in leaps and bounds, the truck of the future will be able to do the same thing with you: read your vital signs and alert you and others to any impending health breakdowns. This is the future of driver health monitoring.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Office Dogs On Wheels: More Drivers Taking Pets on the Road

 

*Updated May 2022

Celebrating National Pet Week by highlighting man’s best friend and his quest to become king of the road! More dogs, and other pets, join their owners on the road - over 60% of truckers are pet owners and 40% of pet owning truckers have traveled with their pet.

Here’s a look at a few things to consider when deciding if taking a pet on the road is right for you.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Protecting Truck Drivers During A Pandemic

Truck drivers continue to be on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as they tirelessly supply our first responders and essential service industries. So, you can understand why it’s important to not only know how COVID-19 is spread, but what truckers can do to prevent themselves from getting it, and the protocol they need to follow if they do contract it.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

3 Simple Truck Driver Sleep Solutions

Consistent lack of sleep is not fun. It impacts our mood, our ability to focus, our ability to think logically, and even our motor function. In fact, irregular sleep patterns have been linked to diabetes, migraines, weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, mood disorders and shortened life expectancy.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Reducing Truck Driver Stress Ensures Everyone Wins

Regardless of whether or not you love what you do, every job has its stressful moments. In the short-term, you may experience increased pressure to meet certain deadlines, deal with difficult team members, or juggle multiple responsibilities from different areas of your life. It’s when work-related stress becomes chronic that we see the real problems unfold. You know what we’re referring to here. Ongoing, unrelenting feelings of stress can lead to serious issues in one’s physical and emotional health.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Truck Driver Health and Wellness Tips: First Time On The Job

Starting a new job can be one of life’s more challenging transitions. Not surprising is the fact that self care is one of the first personal “luxuries” to be sacrificed while acclimating to a new position. And, if there’s one bit of advice we can share with those starting a career in trucking, it’s to put your health and wellness first. 

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Smart Snacking For The Long Haul Trucker

Sensible snacking is a must for any driver. But, that’s easier said than done. Consistently eating healthy foods and packing nutrition-rich snacks can be a huge challenge for professional long haul drivers who are on the road more often than they’re at home. Not to mention the fact that a jam-packed schedule and the constant struggle to find places to purchase healthy foods can make eating well an ongoing challenge.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Truck Driver Burnout And What You Can Do About It

Truck driver burnout happens more often that you think. And, it’s more than just a lack of focus while on the road. Burnout can encompass physical and mental exhaustion, anger and bitterness over the job, and doubting your capabilities as a good driver. That’s a lot for any driver to deal with. And, there’s no doubt that burnout can often be responsible for driver turnover.

So, what can carriers and managers do to help their drivers? 

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Truck Driver Ergonomics: Best Practices and Tips

Whether you’re a newbie trucker who’s only been on the road a month or a seasoned veteran who’s seen -- and driven it all -- then you already know how hard trucking can be on your body. According to the OSHA, truck drivers are among one of the top professions most likely to be out of work due to an injury. But, this doesn’t have to be your fate.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness