Trucker Safety: Health & Tech Changes All Freight Companies Should Adapt




Truckers are a backbone of the economy. While there is much speculation on what will happen when the freight industry moves to self-driving trucks, it’s fair to say a wholesale change away from people to machines is still far away on the horizon. For the moment, the movement of goods across the US continent is still hugely reliant on humans behind the wheel of huge eighteen wheelers.

The perils that truckers face are plentiful. The working hours of truckers are incredibly demanding, with their sleep cycle being severely impacted by what they do for a living. Given that most of us are well aware of the dangers of driving while tired, this is an incredibly concerning reality. Truckers are often exhausted, existing on insufficient sleep, and they’re in charge of huge vehicles that have the potential to cause a massive loss of life. As makes clear, truck accidents tend to be more serious than those involving other forms of vehicle.

This issue is not getting the investigation it needs, as the focus is turning to driverless trucks– but what happens in the meantime? Is there tech out there that can help truckers keep themselves safe?

There might just be. The below items might not have been designed to aid truckers, but major freight companies should investigate the tech and health knowledge available to help reduce the risk of accidents caused by poor sleep.

SAD Lights

As discussed on, the sleep cycle issue for truckers is a huge one. They often have to pull over at the side of the road during the day, draw curtains, and try to sleep. After a short, insufficient nap, they may have to rise at dusk and begin an overnight haul.

Not sleeping along with normal daylight hours poses a significant risk to truckers; the risks associated with night shifts are well documented. Perhaps freight companies should investigate using lights designed for use by Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers. These powerful lights are designed to mimic sunlight, improving mood and alertness when in use. Truckers could use these lights to ‘wake them up’– even if it’s 2am in the morning.

Sleep Trackers

There’s plenty of wearable tech and associated apps that can help to track sleep quality. Companies could issue these to drivers, and judge by the data whether or not a driver is actually fit to drive.

Dietary Changes

It is something of a stereotype that truckers have bad diets, but it’s a stereotype with truth behind it. Enforced by circumstance, truckers often have to grab whatever food is available to them at service stations. This tends to be junk food.

Switching truckers to a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein could be hugely beneficial for their energy levels. Carbohydrates create a temporary sugar rush which is then followed by a crash, which causes tiredness to sink in and alertness levels to drop. Healthy fats and protein, however, create a sustained burn of energy, which could help keep truckers safer on the road.

In Conclusion

As we await the big switch to driverless trucks, freight companies and truckers would be wise to consider the above in a bid to improve safety standards.



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