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Can the trucking life make it easier to get in an accident?

The trucking industry is big in Alaska, with the state’s residents relying on large commercial trucks to get products to their destinations. As a truck driver, you know your job is important. You also know that it can be dangerous, and you do your part to avoid fatigue, distractions and other common ways to get into a crash. However, did you know that the typical trucker lifestyle may also contribute to accident risks?

As Smart Trucking points out, driving a truck across the country is a stressful job that not many people are up to. You know that the hours can be long, the roads can be lonely and there is not much to do besides sit and watch the miles fly by. In addition to the fatigue and boredom, you might be under a great deal of stress trying to get your shipments to their destinations on time, while staying within your legal driving time limits. Other common factors that may contribute to a truck driver’s stress and unhealthy lifestyle may include the following:

  • Substituting fast food or convenience store food for healthy meals
  • Not getting enough rest or physical activity
  • Being alone and without human contact for long stretches of time

How can these factors contribute to a dangerous situation on the road? As you know, being sedentary and eating unhealthy food can cause such issues as diabetes, obesity or heart disease. Anxiety and depression may also result in adverse health conditions. If a health issue results in a panic attack, stroke or heart attack while you are behind the wheel, the results can be disastrous.

You might address these risks by managing stress and making choices to live a healthier life, which you can do while continuing to work as a truck driver. Taking charge of your health may prolong your life, as well as others who share the road with you.

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