There are many myths about truck drivers. Most are outdated or plain wrong, like all ‘truckies’ wear a blue singlet and Stubbies shorts, and it’s the job you do if career options are limited. In reality, those behind the wheel of modern heavy vehicles are highly skilled professionals, carrying high levels of responsibility
as well as critical loads.

However one common perception that persists and, unfortunately, is often accurate is that being a truck
driver is one of the worst jobs for mental and physical health. In fact, heavy vehicle driving has been described as one of the “unhealthiest” and “deadliest” jobs in the country.

Heavy vehicle drivers do carry a heavy burden of disease and injury. The sedentary nature of the occupation, poor diet and lack of exercise puts drivers at risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular health issues.

Men who work in male dominated industries also have a higher rate of depression, and truck drivers are the second highest occupational group at risk of suicide. Transport and logistics workers also face many of the same pressures as truck drivers.

Working conditions in both occupations, such as long or irregular hours, contribute to poor health and to an inability to access health services. And the health of drivers and their colleagues in logistics not only effects the individual, having a big impact on families and the community, plus there is a direct link between road safety and chronic diseases, injuries, ill-health, and fatigue.

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