A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver Pt 4 of 5

A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver Pt 4 of 5

7/18/2014 Umut Türker 1969 Times Read

Moreover, a truck driver's profession can be hazardous. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" may help postal carriers in the United States, but the named obstacles will not kill the mail carriers nor cause them to harm others. The television series Ice Road Truckers show the hazards of driving in the snow and ice of Canada and Alaska. For each of the past several years, there has been a "snowmageddon" or "snowpocalypse" in the contiguous United States cause danger to even more drivers. Anywhere and everywhere, truck drivers sometimes find themselves on railroad tracks as trains approach.

 

What the truck driver cannot control can be hazardous, but what he can control is equally so. Truck drivers almost never eat home-style food on the rood; what they eat is usually not much more (and perhaps even less) nutritious than a typical fast-food meal. The food they eat is usually very fattening, and they eat their last meal of the day just before going to sleep, interrupting proper digestion. Virtually none of them exercise (even walking is rarely done), and because of their schedules, they do not see medical doctors. An astounding 86% of the 3 million truck drivers in the United States are overweight or even obese. WebMD says that truck drivers top the list of overweight workers.


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This post has focused on the United States. However, the ideas presented here can be the same in other countries. The United States is a very large country--the third-largest in land area--and many things are standardized and the same throughout. However, even here, there are large swaths where Spanish, Chinese, Korean and other languages are spoken. Like a ship's captain, a truck driver may encounter language barriers.