We don’t say this enough: Truck drivers are a fundamental part of the American economy. They carry the task of providing goods and materials to companies in the most efficient way possible, all the while keeping other drivers safe on the road.
Drivers and carriers undergo an important effort to ensure the well-being of the people behind the wheel, such as providing guidance on how to maintain and improve their health.
Professional operators in the US are subject to strict health requirements. One of the most important of these is maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it can go undetected for years and cause significant damage to the body.
Benefits of regular blood pressure check-ups
- Federal regulations: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all commercial drivers to pass a bi-annual physical examination. This includes checking their blood pressure to ensure it falls within a safe range. If a driver’s blood pressure is too high, they may be disqualified from driving until it is brought under control.
- Risk of heart disease: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is a leading cause of death among truck drivers.
- Safety on the road: Driving a commercial vehicle requires quick reflexes and the ability to make split-second decisions. High blood pressure can affect a driver’s cognitive function, making it more difficult to react quickly to changing traffic conditions.
- Job security: If a driver’s blood pressure is too high and they are unable to pass their physical exam, they may be unable to work until it is brought under control.
At Forza Transportation Services, we have a Medical Unit that help our drivers in lifestyles changes that have a positive impact not only in their work but also their personal lives. Our operators have access to regular check-ups, general medicine and a certified dietician that guides them in making better choices.
We believe prioritizing our driver’s health ensure safety on the road for everyone, and just as we make it our goal to have low downtimes with our vehicles, we also integrate the wellness of our drivers into our day-to-day operations.