Top driving hazards for truckers

While trucking offers many benefits – freedom, the open road, flexibility – there are several risks associated with the profession that most people are not aware. Aside from the obvious hazards that are connected with extreme weather or road conditions, listed here are some of the other top hazards – listed in no particular order:

Highway hazards: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 22 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks were due to driving over the speed limit. The best way to mitigate this risk – watch your speed levels.

Sleep deprivation: Truckers are legally required to rest during long hauls. Getting enough sleep is a vital part of a trucker’s job. Did you know that nearly 30% of commercial drivers suffer from some sort of sleep apnea? Plan out your breaks each day – get tested for sleep apnea and say awake!

Stay healthy: Trucking jobs have known occupational health risks. In addition to sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypertension, depression and obesity are all conditions that are preventable and will keep any trucker at risk if not addressed.

Watch where you park: During any long haul, there is plenty of parking to wait out until it’s time for delivery, but sometimes this isn’t the case. Always plan out your trip and look for safe parking areas along the way.

Avoid injury: Truckers suffer non-fatal injuries that include sprains, twists and muscle pulls that are related to loading and unloading. Take special care to not over exert yourself and putting your body at risk.


Did you know, of fatal safety hazards:

70% include collisions with other vehicles
8% include pedestrian vehicular incidents
8% include contact with equipment, and
4% include ‘slip and falls’


Of non-fatal safety hazards:

35% include overextension and bodily reaction
30% include falls, slips and trips
17% include contact with object or equipment, and
14% include transportation incidents


Safety should always come first for truckers, but as a general approach to long-term well-being, drivers should take long, planned breaks to rest and shouldn’t fight sleep. Truckers need to be mindful of their speed, take special care when loading and pay close attention to designated parking areas for long hauls. These guidelines, along with the dozens of others that come into play during heavy traffic patterns or extreme weather make for a comprehensive approach to a long, happy – and healthy – trucking career.