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The Role Health Plays in DOT Re-Certifications

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have an unpredictable impact on the trucking industry, with rule book tweaks such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) waiver for an extension on DOT re-certifications until Sept. 30.

What does this mean for truck drivers? It means there could be an influx of drivers that need to get re-certified come Oct. 1. But, one of the biggest concerns regarding this is whether or not drivers will be able to pass due to health.

The sedentary nature of truck driving can put truckers at risk for  high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease. These health issues can make it difficult to pass Dot re-certifications if drivers haven’t been taking care of their health.

With COVID-19, trucking tendencies and restaurant regulations have changed, complicating the ease in which to make healthy choices. Numerous truck stops are closed, drivers are staying in their trucks more or grabbing take-out to avoid crowds and comply with social distancing. 

How can truckers take care of their physical health during these unprecedented times?

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It all starts with an app

It’s no secret that technology is taking the reins, helping to make life easier on the road as our nation’s truck drivers keep groceries and pharmacies stocked with supplies.

Now, there are numerous apps designed to help truck drivers get the care they need while working on the frontline. Below, you’ll find a list of our favorites that can be downloaded in a snap.

  • Nexit: This app is perfect for COVID times, because it let’s drivers know exactly what amenities are available at each exit along the route they’re traveling. This is essential, since many businesses are closed. It even has a nifty feature called TravMatch that lets you route plan according to the restaurants, truckstops and other amenities that you desire.

  • Active Trucker Exercise Program: This is a fitness app designed specifically for truck drivers. It revolves around making it easy to be active on the road without needing fancy workout clothes or equipment, with easy to follow workouts that can be viewed right on a smartphone. You won’t have to worry about closed gyms or germy, shared workout equipment anymore!

Stock up on the good stuff

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Health apps are motivating, but there are other ways to break bad habits and create a more wholesome lifestyle that sticks.

You can always stock up on healthy foods, such as nuts, fruits, granola bars and vegetables that can be kept in a mini fridge or cooler for guilt-free snacking.

Ditch sugar loaded sodas and energy drinks for water and unsweetened tea. If you drink coffee in the morning, switch from creamer to non dairy options, like almond or soy milk.

Most importantly, make it a mission to keep a water bottle with you at all times. Drinking around 1-2 liters every day will help with weight loss, hydration and flushing toxins from the body. Plus, you’ll feel more energized and focused.

The Role Health Plays in DOT Re-Certifications
Courtney L.
July 23, 2020

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