Health becoming a focus for truck carriers
Unlike in years past, truck carriers are paying closer attention to the health and wellness of their drivers, especially as they work to attract safe and experienced drivers.
“The truck is, in essence, the driver’s home and he (or she) is happier in better equipment,” said Tyler LaBarge, managing partner for CDL Career Now. “To take it one step further, perhaps fleet owners should ask the drivers for input on their truck order’s component specifications. Because these trucks are in essence their home on the road and so the better accommodations they have, the better they will feel.”
Many of the nation’s top truck carriers are focusing on health and wellness, but some smaller carriers are not.
“Drivers need and deserve such attention. After all, they’re dealing with sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and obesity,” LaBarge added. “So, monthly or quarterly, carriers should sponsor a weight loss or nutrition-programs. Consider offering $1,500 to $2,000 annually for meeting all the health goals. Trucking is a lifestyle change and isn’t for the faint of heart. There really should be measures in place to help keep the driver population healthy.”
Safe, experienced and professionally trained CDL drivers may be able to get positions with the nations top truck carriers, which have a higher focus on driver needs, such as health and wellness. The trucking industry is changing as it pays more attention to the lifestyle of its drivers and that may make now the perfect time to consider a career as a professional truck driver.