Truck driving is one of the most injury-prone jobs in the United States because it involves both several hours of prolonged sitting every day and abrupt transitions into sudden movement. These injuries not only put your long-term health at risk and can even prevent you from driving for a time, they can risk increasing your health insurance. Here’s how to stay safely moving on the job.
- Don’t transition from prolonged sitting to lifting heavy objects immediately. If your muscles have adjusted to you sitting for several hours as you drive across the country, sudden movements without warming up or stretching leads to an increased risk of pulled muscles and back injuries.
- Keep your temperature consistent when you exit your car. Leaving your heated truck cabin to a cold warehouse makes your muscles stiffen, no matter what you’re doing. Even if you’re just going to be out for a few minutes, grab a coat or a vest so your body can get used to the temperature shift more safely.
- Stay standing and moving when you can. Once you’ve arrived with a load or you’re waiting for the next job’s paperwork, stay on your feet. Lightly pacing or even just standing and shifting your weight on your feet helps your blood start to circulate more than when you sit, and chances are you’re probably a bit tired of sitting, anyway.
Everything from how to lift heavy objects and exit your truck after a long drive can impact your health due to sudden twists and repetitive movements. Read more tips about how to preserve your health and prevent injuries at J.E.B. Insurance Services, LLC, and contact a representative to see how increased health can change your driving and your trucking insurance. We provide commercial truck insurance in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Nebraska and Iowa.