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Staying Healthy as a Truck Driver


The truck driving life can be fun for those who have a passion to pursue the open road. That being said, it’s easy to pick up some unhealthy habits in this profession. Driving all day and sleeping in the truck, along with eating only at truck stops can mean that your health can suffer if you aren’t careful.

However, there are a few ways that truckers can remain healthy even while they are on the road. Doing this means that you need to change any habits that aren’t healthy and be extremely disciplined.

Realize There is a Problem

Realize that if you aren’t healthy, you will need to do something about it. As is the case with many bad habits, you need to admit that you have a problem and you also need to have the desire to change it. For example, if you are making it through the day only because of the opioids you are taking, you might want to get opioid treatment before your next trip out. This isn’t just for your safety, but for the safety of everyone you share the road with. If you smoke, quit. Once you have established this mindset, it will be much easier for you to stick to a plan of action allowing you to first achieve and then maintain good health.

Plan Your Day

Make sure that when you’re planning your day, you’re including things like time to stop for rest, exercise, snacks, and food. When you make and stick to a schedule, you won’t be as likely to overeat, and will be more likely to stick to a plan for exercise. This is what needs to happen for healthy living on the road.

Have Healthy Snacks

Believe it or not, snacking can be good for you. Just be sure what you’re snacking on is healthy and that you snack on a schedule. Your snacks should include things like protein bars, nuts, and fruits. Get your snacks from a farm stand or a grocery store as opposed to convenience stores or drive-thrus.

Have Water on Hand

You should always keep a supply of water in the truck and make sure to drink the recommended amount every single day. Making sure that you remain hydrated is critical and the best way to stay hydrated is by drinking water.

Rest is Key

Make sure that you get plenty of rest so that both your body and your mind will be rejuvenated. Rest is also a critical component when it comes to building an immune system that is healthy. Make sure that you schedule enough time for you to rest so that you will be refreshed and ready to start driving towards your destination.


Vitamins should also be part of your daily routine. These will assist in filling any of the potential gaps in your diet.

It might seem as if you are rushed and don’t have time for these things if you are to remain on schedule. The thing is, your work schedule won’t mean much if you aren’t healthy enough to drive.


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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Carolyn O'Byrne

    Wonderful article with valuable information. Thanks so much for being a truckers advocate and caring so much.

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