Over the road drivers are susceptible to many illnesses, injuries and conditions that go along with the job beyond what are talked about as occupational health hazards. There are some simple things you can do to deal with the issue or prevent it from occurring in the first place.
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Coffee has energized folk for centuries and it looks like it will continue to do so into the far future with over 2.5 million cups sold in the United States a year. Whether you are in your car or your truck, be sure that somewhere near someplace will have a decent cup of coffee waiting on you.
A couple of years ago, my health started going downhill. I thought part of it was because of my age, part due to having been driving so long that I was just wore out. I am one of those people that go to the doctor when I am sick enough, so had been seeing a lot of my doctor. Last year I ended up in the hospital twice, in January for double pneumonia, again in October because I put on so much water weight that I could not breathe. While there, it was found that my gall bladder was ”˜going bad’ in the doctor’s words but no rush to deal with it they said. I took off 60 pounds of water weight in three weeks, could breathe again, and returned to work.
While I used to run coast to coast, about four and a half years ago, I hit a time in my life that many female, and some male, drivers hit; my elderly mother needed a little more assistance and more of my time.
George Washington is credited with confessing to chopping down a cherry tree when he was a child. While historians cannot verify that story, the concept of taking responsibility for one’s actions is a valid one. If one does something wrong or messes up, it is always better to admit to it than to lie about it.
Few studies have been done relating to drivers and cancer. Skin and lung cancers are two of them; the only other one found was on prostate cancer. Drivers are exposed to all sorts of contaminants while driving, in old warehouses containing asbestos across the country and have one side of the body usually exposed for full shifts in the sun.
The little green book is filled with the regulations governing us and while the major ones might have been addressed in orientation or school, the book is filled with little known regulations that can get you in trouble. Ignorance of a trucking regulation will not save you if you are inspected by law enforcement.