Long hours in a truck seat every day can wear on a driver’s mind and body. Staying mentally and physically healthy is important, not just to your career but also to your quality of life.
Spending a big chunk of your day seated in isolation can be taxing, but it is an unavoidable part of working in the transportation industry. Luckily, there are ways truckers can endure a career of long hauls without ruining their health and going “road crazy.”
- Meditation. You don’t have to put on a bathrobe and break out the incense to take a break and engage in some breathing exercises. Meditation is helpful for relieving stress and improving focus. A brief session before a trip or at rest stops can help.
- Practice good posture. Many truckers develop low back pain over the course of their careers. Maintaining good posture while you drive can help you dodge this bullet. Make sure your semi truck seat has good lumbar support and that your seat is optimally positioned.
- Invest in some audio books. Audio books can help take some of the monotony out of long trips without diverting your attention from the road. Audio books are inexpensive, and you can even download them to your smartphone.
- Take the time to stretch and exercise. Obesity is widespread among truck drivers, as a diet of fast food and hours seated each day takes its toll. Develop healthy exercise habits to keep the fat off. When at truck stops, take the time to do some exercises, even if it’s just going for a walk. Also, try to put in some time at the gym on your days off.
- Keep in touch. Use social networking and apps like Skype to stay in touch with your friends and family when you’ve stopped for the evening. Staying connected will preserve your relationships—and your sanity.
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Maintaining good back health is critical for truck drivers, as low back pain developed over years of driving can be a career-killer. Good posture can head off many of the problems associated with spending hours each day in a truck seat, but many truckers have bad posture habits they need to break.
- Sitting with the seat too low – Sitting with the truck seat too low will cause your pelvis to tuck backward, your spine to curve, and your head to tilt forward. Adjust your seat so that your body is at a 90-degree angle thighs-to-spine. This will reduce pressure on your lower back.
- Sitting too close or far away from the pedals – When your seat is positioned too close or too far away from the truck pedals, you’re unable to reach them without moving into an unhealthy seating position. Your seat should be positioned so that you can reach the pedals with your knees slightly bent.
- Slouching – Slouching in your semi truck seat will put a lot of pressure on your lower back over time. To avoid low back pain, don’t slouch. You don’t have to sit up ramrod straight at all times, but, instead of slouching, recline your seat to adjust your seating position for greater comfort.
- Holding the steering wheel improperly – Holding the very top or bottom of the steering wheel will put increased strain on your shoulder muscles and contribute to back pain. Holding the wheel at the 9 o’ clock and 3 o’clock positions is better for your musculoskeletal health.
- Tilting your neck too far forward – Tilting your neck too far forward when you drive will contribute to back problems over time. Sit upright so you don’t have to tilt your neck forward to see and be sure to make use of your seat’s neck support.
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When you find just the right setting on your truck seat, you know it. There’s a sense of comfort and support that’s unmistakable. Finding that perfect setting is elusive for many transportation industry pros.
Here are a few tips for you to find that “just right” setting for your semi seat:
- Keeping your knees slightly bent when you’re driving will help prevent knee pain, especially on long hauls. A 20- to 30-degree bend in your knees is optimal. You also need to position your seat so that there’s a gap that’s about two fingers wide between the back of your seat and your knees.
- Lumbar support is especially important for long-haul truck drivers, as the pressure exerted against the lower back from hours in the driver’s seat can cause significant back problems. The lumbar support helps with this.
- Your truck has an adjustable headrest for a reason. Use it! The height of the headrest should be placed so that it supports the middle of your head.
- The height of your steering wheel is also important. You need to position the wheel so you have a clear view of the dashboard. You also need to be able to comfortably grip the steering wheel in your preferred position. Some drivers opt for the traditional ten o’clock and two o’clock position, while some with neck and back pain prefer a seven o’clock and four o’clock position.
- Make sure your seat height is comfortable. Seat height can have an impact on the wear and tear that long periods of driving have on your body. Adjust your seat so that you can see the dashboard instruments and the road without having to look down. The top of the steering wheel should be about two-to-four inches below your shoulder.
- When adjusting the seat back angle, your head should be level and vertically in line with your shoulders and hips.
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