Healthy Living While On the Road
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Posted by Cliff J. on August 17, 2016 in Trucker Focus

Driver health is important to motor carriers and drivers alike. Healthy drivers are more productive and available for work, and companies with healthy drivers see higher retention rates and better results.

 

Though important, healthy living on the road can also be difficult—long hours behind the wheel, unhealthy food choices, and a lack of accessible exercise facilities are all challenges. However, you can live a healthy lifestyle as a trucker by being creative and prepared. Focus on the food you eat, an exercise routine, and wearable technology to support your goals.

 

Food. Because it’s hard to pull an 18-wheeler into local restaurants, drivers often purchase snacks and food at the truck stops they visit. Though those options sometimes lack nutrition, a slow change is taking place as truck stops add healthier choices rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruit. Drivers can also pack high-quality snacks from home before they hit the road. The resources cited below provide other ideas for food choices out on the road, what to eat, how often you should eat, and portion size.

 

Exercise. Make the most of time spent out of the cab. Some truckers have found success using resistance bands, water bottles, or weights for conditioning activities during downtime. To get some cardio in, you can walk, jog, or even jump rope. Some truck stops are installing exercise equipment in comfortable fitness rooms, and others are providing maps of walking or running trails located around the truck stop.

 

Technology. Yes, technology can help you stay fit! Smartphone and tablet health-and-wellness applications are available that can help you find exercise resources, track your fitness, and more. Many of these tools are free for you to use and are listed in the resources in the sidebar. Not to mention, there are many wearable bands that can be purchased to track how many steps you have taken and how active you have been throughout the day.

 

Whether you are a truck driver providing for your family or a motor carrier employing drivers, investing in health and wellness will likely provide a positive return.

 

Sources

Truck Drivers: Stop Your Job from Killing You! the Dietitians' Guide to Smart Eating and Healthy Living for Truckers. (Book available from many retailers)

Health and Wellness Programs for Commercial Drivers

Gettin’ In Gear: A Wellness, Health, and Fitness Program for Commercial Drivers developed by ATRI in partnership with the FMCSA 

Cliff J. is our Trucking guru
I bring over 30 years of trucking industry experience to Acuity. I worked my way up from driving to managing the safety operations of a transportation company, culminating in owning and managing my own regional trucking company. My main goal at Acuity is to help you, the motor carrier, the owner/operator and the driver better understand the insurance industry and help shape Acuity’s products and services to better meet your needs. I regularly provide ongoing trucking training to Acuity employees to help them understand the unique needs of those in the trucking/transportation industry. With over 30 years in the transportation sector, as both a company driver and as owner and manager of a trucking company, I have first-hand experience that helps me understand the challenges truckers’ face, and detailed knowledge of transportation regulations. My experience coupled with a background in insurance loss control can help answer and provide solutions to any issues that may arise.


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Posted By: Cliff J. on March 9, 2018 in Trucker Focus
Though your team does a good job managing your operations and you're proud of your safety performance, you still ended up with a Conditional or Unsatisfactory rating. In other words, the FMCSA auditor has determined that your company failed to have “adequate safety management controls in place to ensure compliance with the safety fitness standard.”
Posted By: Cliff J. on January 19, 2018 in Trucker Focus
In my role as Trucking Specialist at Acuity, I have the opportunity to speak with many motor carriers. As with any new regulation, I've found that the ELD mandate has produced some frustration within the trucking industry. However, by and large, it seems most motor carriers have adopted this technology with open arms.