In the transportation industry, we place a lot of emphasis on the importance of physical health and driver safety awareness. While physical health examinations and driver safety programs are necessary, these programs should also factor in the driver’s mental health, since an individual’s wellbeing is highly dependent on their state of mind.
When you’re out on the road for long stretches of time – away from home and family – trucking can be an exhausting and lonely job. Many truckers cope by bringing a furry friend along for the ride. In fact, more than 60% of OTR drivers own pets, while 40% take their pets on runs. Truckers with pets say that they are happier, healthier and better drivers because of their companions. How could a pet benefit you?
As any driver, especially OTR truckers, knows – how your rear end meets your seat for long periods of time can make all the difference. A good fit is a joy, a bad fit means constant pain. Proper seat positioning can save you from having back issues like sciatica, muscle degeneration, even heart disease. So what does healthy driving posture looks like?
It’s no secret that winter weather creates many hazards for everyone on the road…especially commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. You never know what to expect when driving in the winter; the roads are covered in snow, you’re driving through icy conditions, and the weather changes fast. It’s important for drivers to be prepared for anything.
After a long, hard day on the road, truck drivers can pull in to one of the thousands of places along the road for the night to get some rest and relax. However, they cannot just stop anywhere – big trucks need to be able to maneuver safely and have enough room to park. And this is where the story of the truck stop begins.
We’ve all heard the old saying: it’s better to be safe, than sorry. This is especially true in the trucking and transportation industry. As a driver, your personal commitment to safely operating your commercial motor vehicle (CMV) has a huge impact on others including your fleet and other road users. We’ve pulled together five tips to help you operate safely during the busy summer months.