The trucking life tends to attract people who enjoy the freedom of the road and the independence that comes from not working out of a cubicle every day. But there are also some downsides. It can be difficult to take care of your health when you’re always traveling. But prioritizing healthy habits can make all the difference. When your mind and body are healthy, your quality of life improves and you’ll be less likely to be involved in accidents.
Exercise every day.
Truck driving is a very sedentary career choice. Unlike a desk job, in which workers can stand up and stretch periodically, truck drivers are stuck at the wheel until they have an opportunity to pull over. Because of this, it’s essential to take advantage of daily opportunities to get active. Bring your walking shoes on each trip. Some rest stations have nearby walking trails. If you prefer biking, consider buying a foldable bike. Jumping ropes, kettlebells, and resistance bands are other portable options.
Skip fast food drive-thru lanes.
You might not have a gourmet kitchen in your cab, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to fast food. A mini fridge with an attached microwave, hot plate, and portable grill may be all that’s needed to prepare healthy meals away from home. And if you do need a pre-packaged convenience meal, look for a supermarket instead of those golden arches. These days, supermarkets often have pre-cooked convenience foods available, like rotisserie chicken, salads, sushi, and deli sandwiches.
Prioritize your sleep hygiene.
Sleep hygiene is comprised of all of the practices you use to ensure you get enough quality sleep. It starts with equipping your sleeper berth with a comfortable mattress, pillow, and bedding. Consider getting a white noise machine too, which will block out noises of the parking lot. Keep the temperature slightly cool to facilitate sleep and be sure to shut off your cellphone before bed.
Guardvant is committed to making life on the road safer and healthier for truck drivers. OpGuard, our non-intrusive driver fatigue monitoring system, continuously monitors operators for eyelid closures and other unsafe indicators. For more information about our collision avoidance technologies, call our head office in Tucson at (520) 299-1911.