The Pit Stopís Drive to Keep Hauliers Healthy
Hauliers and management work together in Wiltshire to improve truck driver health. Norman Dulwich investigates and discusses your health on the roads.
Truck driving is sometimes seen as an isolated occupation, but is not the case at The Chippenham Pit Stop. Here truck drivers and management worked together to raise money for the installation of a life-saving defibrillator.
I look at what motivated their actions and share a few tips on health whilst driving haulage.†
A Life-Saving Installation
Chippenham Pit Stop, in Wiltshire just off junction 17 of the M4, has around 100 truckers stopping there overnight. With so many drivers on-site, Lisa Hatherell, the Chippenham Pit Stop health campaigns coordinator, is well aware of the health challenges a truck driver can face. The campaign encourages drivers to learn about potential health risks and promotes healthier lifestyles.†
The defibrillator unit cost around £1,500, which was raised by donations from drivers and matched by the management. All who donated, and those who didn’t, appreciate having the unit on site.†
The managers of Chippenham Pit Stop are passionate about truck driver health and run awareness campaigns each month to highlight how drivers can look after themselves on and off the road. The stop has introduced more healthy eating options as well as an outdoor gym to make it easier for busy customers to make sensible choices.
Minimising Risks as a Truck Driver
There are some very simple things you can do to improve and maintain your health while on the road.
Though it can seem like it’s difficult to stay healthy as a haulier, following this simple advice about exercise, sleep and nutrition will go a long way to keeping you fit and healthy on the roads. Hopefully, more will follow the example of Chippenham Pit Stop in prioritising the health and wellbeing of their customers and working with drivers to implement effective solutions.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching a truck driver†with jobs in road transport and haulage work. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses†are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.