If the novel coronavirus pandemic taught the business world anything, it's that employee health is a highly important part of organizational success. That's likely even more true when it comes to truckers, who need to be in tip-top shape to get their big rigs from Point A to Point B on time.
For that reason, truckers would be wise to be a bit more proactive about their attempts to stay healthy on the road, even when it comes to minor illnesses that might lead them to perform at less than 100%. The following tips should help:
1) Disinfect, sanitize and wash
Many people learned in recent months that they might not be doing all they can to make sure their living and working spaces are as germ-free as possible, but new habits you've picked up since the start of the pandemic should carry over after it, according to Schneider. These include disinfecting your truck's surfaces inside and out on a regular basis, washing your hands or using an alcohol-based sanitizer frequently and doing what you can to ensure you're not coming into contact with contaminated surfaces or people you suspect may be ill.
2) Eat better
A trucker's diet isn't always the healthiest, but if you tend to eat fast food and other unhealthy meals on a regular basis, your chances of getting sick may be increased, according to Len Dubois Trucking. The reason why is simple: Many of these foods are devoid of some of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain a strong immune system. As such, try to mix in a salad and other healthier options consistently, as well as take vitamin supplements, such as Vitamin C.
3) Pack the right medicines
Of course, there's sometimes no avoiding an illness, and given that this is the case, you would be wise to make sure you have medicine on hand to treat everything from the common cold to a stomach virus to allergies, according to Smart Trucking. That way, even if you do become sick while you're on the road, you'll have what you need to power through comfortably. In addition to the right medicine, of course, you would also be wise to have plenty of water (or sports drinks) on hand so you can stay hydrated and help your body fight the disease.
4) Don't push your body to extremes
With the above having been said, you should also know your own limits and keep in mind that you should not operate your tractor trailer if you're feeling overly fatigued from an illness, Smart Trucking added. If you're experiencing an illness that has you feeling rather bad, it's better to be safe than sorry, and you should be in touch with your dispatch to keep them informed of your condition. As long as everyone is on the same page, the hope should be that you can get better and back on the road as soon as possible.
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