Being on the road for a longer period of time is definitely changing trucker’s life and health condition. Also it carries amount of risk, giving the job requirements can be sometimes dangerous. Here are some of the most basic rules that can help you stay lead a safe trucking life:
To be a successful trucker, you need to have the right mentality. To have safe trucking, you need to cover the small details, like eyewear. Think of eyewear as a tool. Like any tool, it is there to help you do your job right, has different uses in different situations and should be maintained to deliver long-term quality. Having different types of sunglasses, with different tints for different levels of light is always a good idea.
PPE is a MUST. It’s there for your safety, so there shouldn’t be a way around it. Safety hat, Glasses, Steel-toe boots, gloves, HI visibility vest and hear protection should be always available and equipped while handling freight, handling hazardous materials, chemicals, dust or anything that can jeopardize your safety. Staying safe should be your priority.
Sunscreen is not only about nice tanning. Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which come in two forms – UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are most commonly associated with skin aging, cause fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Both UVA and UVB rays are cancer – causing, and they are present in the summer and in the winter, so investing in a sunscreen that offers broad- spectrum protection will definitely keep your skin healthy.
Staying hydrated will keep you healthy and give you more energy to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Remember, if you ever feel drowsy, dizzy, or confused, pull over, get hydrated and don’t drive until you feel that it’s safe to go. Drink half of your body weight in ounces every day (i.e if you weight 200 lbs, drink 100 ounces daily ), avoid caffeine and alcoholic drinks. Don’t avoid drinking water just to minimize bathroom stops.
Avoid eating truck stop food. Fast food might seem nice and tasty, but it’s not helping your life on the long run. If you want to stay healthy and safe, you should change your eating habits. Try eating plenty of protein food (milk, oats, eggs, chicken), eat frequently but in smaller amounts, pack snacks so you don’t miss meals (good ol’ apple and peanut butter snack is a good idea) and eat a lot of fruits and veggies. You will be better and feel healthy in no time.
With so many of us living in a constant state of sleep deprivation, you may be tempted to push on through to your destination when you start feeling drowsy. But is can be hard to tell when you’re about to nod off, which can lead to a serious or fatal accident. When you start yawning a lot and your eyes feel heavy, let your partner take the wheel or find a safe place to rest for the night.
Exercising doesn’t need a lot of explanation. You know it’s crucial to a healthy life. Minimum of 15 minutes stretching, and 15 minutes exercise will keep your body in great shape over the months. You don’t even need special equipment to do the exercises. Pushups, planks, Sit-ups, triceps Dips are just one of the many exercises that are very efficient, yet require no special, expensive machines or dumbbells.
Do you find these useful? Is there anything else you are doing in your safe trucking routine? Comment bellow so other truckers may improve their life too.
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