driver health and wellness

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

Lots of trucking companies allow their drivers to take a pet on the road with them. Here are some photos with truckers and their dogs to brighten your day.

August 1, 2019
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
Business, Equipment, Safety

Aging Driver Workforce Increases Workers' Compensation Risks for Fleets, Experts Say

Driver exits his cab A trucker exits his cab. Getting in and out of a truck is one of many ways a driver can get injured on the job. (Quincy Smith via YouTube)

An aging workforce of drivers is elevating the risk of workers’ compensation claims for fleets even as trucking companies are seeing stable or even lower premiums for workers’ compensation insurance, industry experts said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Tech Company Worklete Uses Software to Build Good Trucker Habits


A San Francisco technology company is using software that offers a service to prevent trucking-related workplace injuries, by building habits for truckers and others in the freight industry.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019
Government, Business

Federal Agency in Design Phase of Long-Term Research on Truck Driver Health

A health professional checks a driver’s heart and lungs during a medical exam. Shutterstock

WASHINGTON — A federal research agency that focuses on the study of worker safety and health is in the design stages of a major longitudinal study to track changes in longhaul truck drivers’ health status and the factors associated with those changes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Top Driver Complaints: Rude Staff, Pay, Intrusive In-Cab Technology, Analysts Say

Unhappy truck driver Getty Images

Fleet drivers have issues with their carrier’s staff, the company’s approach to equipment and maintenance, technology in their cabs and feel that they have little control over their work, according to WorkHound, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based provider of a smartphone-based system that allows truck drivers to anonymously discuss concerns they have with their employers.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017