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Keep on Truckin’: Adequate Sleep and Truck Driver Safety
By Steven Garrish, Old Dominion Freight Lines
The author of this post chairs the ATA Safety Management Council's Driver Recruitment and Retention/Health and Wellness Committee.
In 1973, Eddie Kendricks, co-founder of the Temptations, recorded a song entitled Keep on Truckin’. Although the song’s meaning “not giving up” and “to keep going” did not necessarily pertain to the trucking industry, the song’s true definition could certainly be perceived as an indirect reflection of today’s truckers, as they keep going to provide goods and services within their local communities, across state lines, around the country and ultimately, the world.
Let’s face it, truckers are essential to the world’s supply chain and distribution of goods. As such, the overall health of a truck driver is essential to timely receipt of those everyday items whose delivery we all take for granted. We don’t always stop to think about how those precious items reach our front doors, appear on the shelves of our local grocer, our favorite shopping and dining spots, that basically influences every aspect of our lives!! Imagine your child’s birthday gift arriving a day late, or your daily meds being delayed due to a driver’s untimely medical absence. A trucker’s overall health and wellness is critical to the driver, and to us all
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