Your Truck Your Gym: An initiative that aims for fitter and safer truck drivers

Posted on: July 31, 2018, in Projects
Minimising Risk, Maximising Performance

Your Truck Your Gym is an exercise programme for truck drivers developed with the help of the University of Stellenbosch which will enable drivers to get fit by using their trucks as their gyms while waiting at borders or parked at truck stops.

 

As a training provider within the transport industry, our commitment to reducing driver risk extends to a number of areas- with driver wellness being one of them.

Driver training seeks to change driver behaviour in more ways than one. Although this is achieved in various disciplines across the board, too often we see drivers falling out of the driver pool due to ill health and debilitating diseases. Our driver health and wellness programs teach drivers how to manage the illness that they are exposed to such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure/Hypertension, and HIV/Aids. We see Your Truck Your Gym as a wonderful program to instil healthy habits in the drivers while on the road and firmly believe that this culture will spill over into other aspects of their driving behaviour.

The benefits of fitter and healthier drivers is that they are able contribute to the trucking industry for a longer period of time. Healthier workers, in general, are more motivated and perform better.

The implementation of this programme will allow drivers to take ownership of their own health and wellness. Eating healthier and exercising regularly, in general, has a knock-on effect, which will impact positively on:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Stress
  • Levels of concentration

It is important to remember; Small lifestyle changes have a big impact on the ability to function efficiently and to see the benefits that a healthy lifestyle can have on their driving ability.

Your Truck Your Gym is a FleetWatch initiative, proudly sponsored NOSA Logistics and 7 other industry organisations. 

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