Avoid sickness while on the road. There is a multitude of ways a truck driver can get sick while on the road. Likewise, there is a multitude of ways a driver can maintain optimal health. From washing your hands to getting enough sleep, truck drivers everywhere are working on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Fortunately for everyone, there are multiple ways to reduce the spread of sickness. Even while on the road, these methods can prove to be extremely beneficial to your health and the well-being of others. There is always a way to stay clean and healthy, even while on the road.
Avoid Sickness By Eating Right
While picking fast food is easy, the short-to-long term effects will hurt you. Have you ever actually eaten fast food for a full day? It can make anyone feel like garbage – sometimes almost instantly. Having the necessary supplies to eat healthily will keep your mind and body from getting sick.
Items such as sugary snacks, soft drinks, candy, and processed foods have no real health benefits and consistently work against you. Although they might be faster and more easily accessible, they will do more damage than harm.
Unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables have specific nutritional values that can help different parts of your body. We all know that carrots are good for your eye-sight, but there is a vast network of healthy diets that will help you optimize your driving performance. A truck can only operate as well as its driver. Taking care and maintaining your body is just as important as maintaining your vehicle.
Lacking Sleep Can Cause Problems
Sleep deprivation can have an effect on everyone. Your mental and physical health are both affected if you do not get a good full 8-hours. Being awake and alert keeps yourself safe as well as others around you.
Having stress adds to the cycle of sleep deprivation. You can’t sleep because you are stressed and you are stressed because you did not receive the appropriate amount of sleep. This is a vicious cycle that can decrease the performance of anyone. With truck driving, getting enough sleep can be a life-saving attribute. Make sure that when you are sleeping, you are in a comfortable sleeping position, have low-lighting and are in a quiet resting area.
Washing Your Hands Will Help Avoid Sickness
This one is a no-brainer. Whenever you leave your vehicle to pump gas or use the bathroom, make sure to always wash your hands. Keeping a set of alcoholic hand wipes as well as latex gloves can be detrimental to stopping the spread of COVID-19. One person can have it and spread it to a number of people, those people then will spread it to a larger number of people.
If you Feel Sick
Many businesses are suggesting that their drivers remain under a 3-day isolation in their cab. If symptoms continue to get worse, they are to see a doctor immediately. Unfortunately this does not work without a shower system and plumbing in a truck. In order to remain in isolation and maintain basic hygiene a driver must take a shower at a nearby truck stop and use the bathroom in a public area.