Ways to Manage Stress As a Trucker
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Posted by Cliff J. on December 9, 2019 in Trucker Focus

From the days of buckboard wagons to the modern trucks operating today, the trucking industry has continued to play a vital role in our nation's economy. However, the job can be stressful and wear on drivers over time.

 

According to Trucking Research, a few of the reasons drivers face stress include discourteous drivers, road construction, and being away from home.

 

Though stress is not often discussed as a key reason for the driver shortage, it may be part of the issue. Stress can cause a calm person to become impatient and frustrated with their situation and can also affect a person’s health.

 

Symptoms of stress may include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath and chest pains
  • Poor sleep
  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety and depression

 

So, how can a motor carrier help with driver stress? Isn’t it just part of the job? No. Motor carriers with the lowest turnover rates are often proactive in removing roadblocks for drivers and providing a healthy work environment.

 

Motor carriers should make sure their operational practices and policies support the success of their drivers. If they're not working with drivers to address issues, it is reasonable to assume their drivers are experiencing more stress than normal and may eventually look elsewhere.

 

Other stress reducing measures include diet, exercise, ergonomics, and material handling aids. For example, a newer driver who does not know how to properly adjust the seat may be uncomfortable, decide they do not like the truck, and look for other work.

 

If you are interested in learning more, the Acuity Motor Carrier Toolbox contains tools, including seat ergonomic tips and examples of stretches, to help motor carriers and drivers.

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 October 28, 2019 in Trucker Focus
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is establishing the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill of 2012. Motor carrier registration begins in the fall of 2019, with full compliance effective January 6, 2020.