Maintaining Mental Health On the Road During COVID-19

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It’s an uncertain time in our country, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we try to slow the spread of coronavirus and close the doors of nonessential businesses, many people have transitioned to working from home, while others have been out of work entirely. Then there are truckers and other workers in the transportation industry who continue to do their job everyday, ensuring that hospitals receive medical supplies and grocery stores are stocked with food and other necessities.

While the rest of the nation shelters in place, transport drivers are out there working, adding additional anxiety to an already stressful job. So what can truckers do to take care of their mental wellbeing during COVID-19? While there is no perfect solution, there are a number of steps which can help drivers maintain their mental health while on the road during the ongoing pandemic: Continue reading “Maintaining Mental Health On the Road During COVID-19”

Fighting COVID-19 On the Road: Precautions & What to Do If You Experience Symptoms

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In order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, people across the nation have been advised to stay at home and to practice social distancing, with some states putting the force of law behind those orders. However, there are rare times when people need to be on the road. Some will hop into their RV or onto their motorcycle to travel to provide critical care for family members. Others are truckers performing essential work as they provide hospitals with medical supplies and keep grocery stores stocked with food and other necessities.

Grappling with the coronavirus pandemic can be stressful enough when at home, but what if you start to experience coronavirus symptoms while on the road? To protect yourself, those who may be traveling with you, and those you may come into contact with during and after a trip, it is vitally important that you are familiar with proper precautions to take while on the road, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if you get sick away from home. Continue reading “Fighting COVID-19 On the Road: Precautions & What to Do If You Experience Symptoms”

Drivers Beware! 9 of the Most Haunted Roads in America

Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ve collected accounts from 9 of the most haunted roads in America (the full stories are below, along with a fun infographic at the bottom). If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, beware! Continue reading “Drivers Beware! 9 of the Most Haunted Roads in America”

Tips for Keeping Comfy in the Driver’s Seat

Sitting in one place for hours on end is not exactly the biggest perk of a trucking career. Yes, you might get to see the world from your position within the cab, but it can get pretty uncomfortable too. We’ve written previously about ways to feel at home in the cab, but discomfort while driving can not only be a nuisance, it can also become a health concern. That’s why we’re diving deeper into how truckers can better settle into the driver’s seat. From proper posture and seat positioning to finding the right seat cushions and more, here are our tips for keeping comfy in the driver’s seat:  Continue reading “Tips for Keeping Comfy in the Driver’s Seat”

20 Ways to Feel at Home in the Cab

It’s no secret that driving can be a lonely profession, with truckers often struggling to stay connected while on the job. Road transport is also tough work, requiring drivers to spend practically all day rumbling along in a relatively confined cab. Any chance, then, for truckers to settle in and make the interior of their vehicle a little more cozy is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. That’s why we’re breaking down 20 ways to feel at home in the cab Continue reading “20 Ways to Feel at Home in the Cab”

Texting Truckers: How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?

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Even if you are not a truck driver, you’ve likely been warned about using your cell phone – especially texting – while operating a vehicle. However, the dangers of driving while distracted take on even greater significance when the vehicle being operated is a bigger work truck or van, or an even more massive semi-truck. This is not news to commercial drivers, 93% of whom believe that reading a text while driving is a distraction. So how many truckers read and send texts? Continue reading “Texting Truckers: How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?”

New Recommendations for Trucking Safety from the NTSB

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Humble truckers may not often mention it, but the work they do can be very dangerous. It’s an unfortunate – but well-known – fact that thousands of people die every year in transportation accidents. In trucking, drivers are constantly faced with heavy traffic, distractions, stress, fatigue, and sleeping problems. As we look to solve issues in transportation, a changing world and innovations in technology can introduce new threats, and new solutions. Continue reading “New Recommendations for Trucking Safety from the NTSB”

Replacing Mirrors with Cameras: A View of the Future?

One of the most commonly used tools for a driver might soon be replaced. Stoneridge Inc. is attempting to engineer a paradigm shift in how truckers stay aware of their surroundings by replacing side-view mirrors with camera systems which display a truck’s surroundings via in-cab screens. This change, the company says, can drastically expand a driver’s field of vision and boost safety, while improving aerodynamics and fuel savings. Continue reading “Replacing Mirrors with Cameras: A View of the Future?”

Vibrating Trucker Hats Keep Drivers Awake

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Recently on the blog, we wrote about an epidemic with fatal consequences – driving while drowsy. An estimated 60% of Americans have operated a vehicle while sleepy, and a whopping 40% have fallen asleep while driving!! In response to what is an incredibly dangerous practice, we offered 8 Tips for Staying Bright-Eyed While Driving. It was a popular post, but Ford may have just given us a 9th tool for staying awake on the road: Vibrating Trucker Hats!! Seriously. Let’s take a closer look!! Continue reading “Vibrating Trucker Hats Keep Drivers Awake”

8 Tips for Staying Bright-Eyed While Driving

Drunk driving. Distracted driving. We seem to constantly hear about the dangers related to intoxication or smartphone use while behind the wheel. And for good reason, as both are incredibly important safety concerns. Yet something which can be equally dangerous, but is not often talked about, is driving while drowsy. Continue reading “8 Tips for Staying Bright-Eyed While Driving”