Driver Health

Welcome to our information page on driver health and cooking over the road.  This information is designed as a resource for professional drivers to live a healthier lifestyle and to learn over the road cooking techniques.

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Despite a lifestyle that requires being on the move, truck drivers are battling obesity. This presents a troubling connection to higher accident rates. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota-Morris, severely obese truckers have a 50 percent higher chance of getting into an accident in the first two years on the job than drivers of a normal weight.

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Maintaining good nutrition while on the road for long periods of time is a challenge that can be met with the proper information and planning. While many agree that the most nutritious foods are found in the unpackaged form of whole fresh fruits and vegetables, pre-packaged foods are sometimes chosen simply for the sake of convenience. Knowledge about the nutritional clues located on packaged...

Staying healthy on the road is important for career and lifetime longevity. Healthy truck drivers can continue driving after their unhealthier colleagues are forced to retire. Consciously making good choices is the key to developing healthy habits. Truck drivers, in particular, need to worry more about their overall health than people in more traditional professions.

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It hasn't been easy for truck drivers to stay healthy on the road. However, more and more professional drivers are receiving assistance to get healthy while working as an OTR driver.

Job security linked to health

Every two years, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires truck drivers to undergo a physical...

Staying properly rested on the road is essential to both the career of professional drivers and the safety of the general public.  Many OTR drivers can reduce the fatigue felt from varying schedules in a few basic areas.

Hydration

Lack of proper hydration is one of the most common causes of fatigue. It can also reduce alertness while driving and ability to...

Anr professional driver knows - OTR driving can lead to a great deal of stress. Situations such as tight schedules, long weeks away form home, and dispatcher pressures can have a profound effect on a person’s mental health. Understanding these symptoms and having a plan for mental health is essential for good health and a productive work career.

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It is easy to pass it off as indigestion, strained muscles or fatigue, but there are signs of a heart attack or stroke in progress that should never be ignored. Most think of a heart attack as someone falling over unconscious without a heartbeat. However, a person can often begin to feel the symptoms of blocked arteries long before a total blockage occurs. Strokes can have mild to severe...

When a person spends long hours on the road, they are more likely to come across an emergency situation. Car accidents, heat-related illnesses and pedestrian injuries are just a few of the emergency situations that a professional driver may come across in their line of work. For this reason, it is important for truck drivers to receive training in first aid and CPR procedures so that they will...

When on the road, it is often hard to stay on track with eating a healthy diet.  Road-side restaurants offer tempting choices of hot and tasty food and are a convenient stop. While their offerings may make a person’s stomach rumble with hunger, they are not only expensive but also laden with fat and cholesterol. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to eat healthy while on the road....

many professional drivers grab a quick drink during fuel ups or other meal stops.  However, understanding what is in those drinks is key to controlling weight and health, especially in a sedentary job like driving. 

However, most people drink at least 16 fluid ounces in one sitting — the usual bottle size sold in convenience store fridges. How do these drinks compare...

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