Completing truck driving school and obtaining your commercial driver’s license is the first step towards a lucrative career as a truck driver. How long you drive is entirely up to you, but if you want to make sure you can drive as long as you’d like it’s important that you take care of your body while on the road. Lack of exercise and the abundance of fast food joints along America’s roadways make it easy for truck drivers to get out of shape and sometimes even develop health issues that keep them off the road and from earning a paycheck. If you want to have a long and successful career, or if you just want to look after yourself and maintain your health into your later years, here are some great tips for staying healthy on the road.
- Walking around your truck and trailer 32 times is equal to one mile, so try to walk this distance at least once a day
- Sit up straight in the driver’s seat and keep your shoulders back slightly to take pressure off your back and spine
- Replace soda with water, and try to cut out as much flour and salt out of your diet as you can
- When you eat out, look for baked options instead of fried foods
- Bring healthy snacks (fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.) in the truck with you instead of buying chips and candy at the truck stop
- Stretch as often and frequently as you can, especially after a long haul
- Keep in touch with your friends and family to help you relax and minimize stress, both of which are key to a healthy lifestyle
The driving instructors at HDS Truck Driving Institute have decades of experience on the road and can share expert tips and advice that will prepare you for success as a trucker. To learn more about our truck driving school in Tucson, call us toll-free at (877) 205-2141.