The trucking industry remains key to keeping the country running. In recent years, it has also dealt with many challenges that have put more pressure on truck drivers.
According to the American Trucking Association, 3.49 million people called truck driving their profession. From meeting tight deadlines to dealing with increased traffic and a labor shortage, those millions of people face hidden dangers that may increase the risk of an accident, which can affect other drivers.
1. Limited access to medical care
When it comes to long-haul drivers, life on the road has its advantages and disadvantages. Being away from home makes it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With varying schedules and potentially weeks away from home, many truckers find it difficult to get regular health checkups. Not taking care of oneself can lead to other dangers for truck drivers and other motorists.
2. Undiagnosed health conditions
A sedentary lifestyle continues to raise the ranks of health concerns for people across industries. Truckers have even more difficulty when it comes to moving around. Sitting or hours without relief eventually may lead to back and neck issues, as well as increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other life-altering illnesses.
3. Increased chances of mental health issues
While the essence of being a truck driver inherently means a person appreciates time alone, that much isolation has the potential to have a negative effect. Additionally, trucks must constantly stay focused on their surroundings. The stress of avoiding an accident and making the delivery on time, compiled with loneliness and the potential guilt of missing out leads to a higher probability of depression and anxiety.
Knowing the hidden risks may help truck drivers develop solutions to stay healthy and focused so that they and all drivers on the road stay safe.