Driver Health

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February 16, 2017

A New Frontier in Driver Health

Very soon, integrated and automated vehicle systems will work together to keep drivers alert and healthy. But that technology will come at a cost.

February 15, 2017

Driver Wellness Starts at Work

Building a healthy lifestyle can be hard work – especially for truck drivers, who are constantly on the go and constantly under pressure to be on the go. Fleets can help drivers attain a healthy lifestyle – and share in the benefits that it brings.

February 14, 2017

Commentary: The Delicate Truck Driver

Lots of drivers manage a very fine balance between simple frustration and outright anger and executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood believes they deserve a little more attention and understanding.

February 10, 2017

Quick-Thinking Highway Angel Saves Stricken Driver

The quick thinking and actions of Highway Angel David Webb saved the life of a dump truck driver suffering from heart failure on a Washington State highway.

February 9, 2017

Do You Have a Will?

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

January 5, 2017

Driver Performs CPR on Heart-Attack Victim

The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Mark McConachie a Highway Angel for attempting to save another driver’s life by using CPR while on the job.

December 15, 2016

America’s Road Team Captains Take on Weight Loss Challenge

Five of the American Trucking Associations' America’s Road Team Captains have been selected to participate in the Healthy Fleet 10 Pound Challenge to promote truck driver health and wellness.

December 6, 2016

Driver Wellness Courses Address 3 Key Concerns

CarriersEdge is offering a suite of Driver Wellness courses to be used by fleets as an extension to an existing wellness program or as a starting point to help educate drivers on staying healthy on the road.

September 29, 2016

SmartValve's a Back-Saver at Meijer Logistics

The Hadley device adds suspension adjustment capability and reduces cranking work for drivers.

September 12, 2016

Progressive Partners with 'Fittest Trucker in America'

Through a newly formed partnership with Siphiwe Baleka, the "fittest truck driver in America," and healthy living tips and tricks on Progressive's TruckerTerritory.com, Progressive Commercial Auto Insurance is expanding its commitment to truckers in the third year of its wellness initiative.

June 15, 2016

Commentary: Taking the First Step to Wellness

Fleets report they are losing drivers who can no longer re-certify to drive after health issues were uncovered under newer more stringent DOT physical procedures.

May 27, 2016

Sleep Apnea Screening Carries High Costs for Drivers

A recent survey on screening and treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea found that drivers were bearing many of the costs associated with the condition.

May 12, 2016

Survey: Home Time and Health Issues Cause Drivers to Quit

With a worsening driver shortage looming over the trucking industry, a HireRight survey has found that lack of home time and health issues are two leading causes of driver turnover.

April 27, 2016

FMCSA to Co-Host Listening Sessions on Sleep Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will co-host three listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the trucking industry.

April 20, 2016

Commentary: Take a Load Off

These days most of the innovations we see have to do with saving a buck, and we don’t often see one aimed at making drivers more comfortable. How about a custom-fitted truck seat that can be adjusted remotely by a medical professional?

April 1, 2016

IMI Campaign Raises Money for Truckers in Need

IMI recently donated $5,000 to the St. Christopher’s’ Fund, a charity supporting truckers with medical troubles that have led to financial difficulty.

March 23, 2016

Drivers at Risk for Mental Illness?

"No matter the cause ... being involved in an accident can leave lasting mental scars. Being in a wreck—or even seeing one—can cause enough stress and anxiety to become a diagnosable mental illness, like acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)." Read more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

March 22, 2016

Backing off Back Pain

Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

March 21, 2016

Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Severe Crash Risk, Study Finds

Drivers with sleep apnea have a five times greater risk of a severe crash when they do not adhere to a mandated treatment program, according to a study co-authored by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

March 10, 2016

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

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