It can be extremely difficult for commercial truck drivers to stay healthy on the job.
Drivers often work long hours without rest, stay seated all day and don’t have access to exercise or nutritious meals. However, a new study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that drivers with three or more health conditions are much more likely to get into preventable crashes.
The study, which examined the medical records of nearly 50,000 commercial drivers, tracked the number of medical conditions that could have a negative impact on a driver’s performance—such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and anxiety.
Although the study found that drivers who have only one of the conditions could often control it while on the road, the number of crashes increased significantly when drivers had three or more conditions. The average rate for crashes that result in an injury for all truck drivers is approximately 29 for every 100 million miles traveled, but the rate is 93 for every 100 million miles traveled for drivers who have at least three of the flagged conditions.
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