driver health and wellness

Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Planning Expert Emphasizes Health Considerations in Public Policy

Older couple getting on bus As adults get older, access to transportation can get more difficult, said Renee Autumn Ray, strategy and innovation leader at Conduent Transportation. (SolStock/Getty Images)

Public agencies at all levels of government, including the ones related to transportation, should incorporate health considerations into policy decisions, a planning expert said.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 12, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Drivers Use Apps, Social Media to Stay Connected With Family, Friends

Truck driver checking phone Long-haul truck drivers spend weeks at a time on the road, and technology is a critical tool keeping them in touch. (bernardbodo/Getty Images)

Truck drivers use modern mobile technology to stay connected with friends and family, which is especially important for longhaul truck drivers, who sometimes spend weeks at a time on the road.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 22, 2020
Business, Safety

Fleets Can Support Drivers’ Mental Health Through Awareness, Communication

Trucker looking out window More than 17 million American adults experience depression, and truckers are about twice as likely to experience it, according to Kirleen Neely, psychotherapist and CEO at San Antonio-based Logistics Mental Health. (Getty Images)

Truck drivers sometimes bear the image of being “tough” and impervious to emotional stresses, a perception that doesn’t always lend itself to open discussions about mental health. But truckers and their employers are working to change that image.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Options Abound for Elevating Drivers’ Health and Wellness

Siphiwe Baleka with client Health and fitness coach Siphiwe Baleka works through the 4 Minute Fit technique with a client. His company, Fitness Trucking, offers driver health and fitness programs, the most popular being the 13 Week Program. (Courtesy of Siphiwe Baleka)

There is a wellness movement on the rise aimed at improving the health of truckers, though the challenge remains to educate and motivate.

Hilary Daninhirsch | Special to Transport Topics
November 15, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Driver Health Hinges on Accessibility, Panelists Say

Bob Perry describes driver health considerations at Women In Trucking's conference. Bob Perry speaks about health concerns. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

DALLAS — Improving accessibility — to medical care, good food options, proper facilities and useful information — can help drivers address many of the health issues that affect them, according to wellness experts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 2, 2019

Truckers With Their Furry Friends

Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Pets Can Help Fleet Recruitment Efforts and Boost Driver Satisfaction

Melissa Metcalfe with one of the two dogs she travels with. Roadmaster driver Melissa Metcalfe with one of the two dogs who travel with her. (Courtesy Melissa Metcalfe)

Many carriers allow truck drivers to bring along a cat or dog as a companion. For fleets, the benefits seem to outweigh the costs.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 29, 2019
Business, Safety

Driver Productivity Can Be Boosted by Addressing Health, Stress

Person getting blood pressure checked High blood pressure is one example of a medical condition that could keep a trucker from getting a full two-year certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Getty Images)

When drivers and employees at PetroChoice Holdings want to take a sick day, or just take time off for any reason, all they have to do is inform their boss they will be taking “PTO,” or paid time off.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
July 8, 2019

3 Ways to Manage the Driver Shortage

3 Ways to Manage the Driver Shortage

In this whitepaper, we provide actionable insights into how you can expand your driver recruitment pool, shorten the onboarding process to ensure your drivers make it to orientation, and identify and retain your best drivers for years to come.

July 6, 2019

Learning Management Systems: More Than a Training Tool

Learning Management Systems: More Than a Training Tool

A Learning Management System (LMS) positively impacts driver onboarding, safety, and your bottom line. This comprehensive eBook explores various orientation approaches and content types, the impact of an integrated solution, factors to consider when evaluating an LMS, and more.

May 23, 2019