Truck driver health issues are a primary concern in the trucking industry today. Illnesses and diseases severely impact our nation’s truck drivers. Truck driver’s health could be improved immensely by incorporating exercise in their lives on a daily basis. Obesity is a terrible problem in the trucking industry. Far too many truck drivers are overweight or obese. Truck drivers are more prone to obesity than non-truckers because they sit behind the wheel for a large part of each day. Additionally, only a small percentage of them exercise regularly.Trucking companies are urging their drivers to exercise and improve their diets because they are beset with rising insurance costs. Furthermore, they need them to pass the Deptartment of Transportation (D.0.T.) medical exam. Truck drivers that have conditions which prevent them from obtaining the required D.O.T. clearance can’t continue working as truck drivers. Trucker’s diets should include far less fat laden foods and more healthy food choices. Trucking companies and other leaders in the trucking industry are working to bring the importance of health and fitness to truck drivers. Some truckstops have installed fitness centers and walking trails to encourage drivers to exercise. Walking trails allow for safe walking and jogging at truckstops away from trucks.For the third consecutive year, The MATS Health Awareness Walk took place on May 23, 2012. This was a 1.5 mile non-competitive walk in which participants chose to walk all or part of it. Participants received T-shirts, goodie bags, free blood pressure checks and great information on health and fitness. This walk was sponsored by the Trucking Solutions Group along with Travel Centers of America. Travel Centers of America and Pilot Travel Centers have excellent fitness centers at many of their U.S. locations and are adding new gyms.Aerobic exercise is the primary type of exercise that should be incorporated into a fitness plan. Aerobic exercise aids in weight reduction, stress levels and helps to keep hearts healthier. Aerobic exercise also helps to increase energy levels. Doing regular aerobic exercise will help you to be healthier and leaner as you age. Truck drivers should strive to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days per week. Aerobic exercise includes activities such as fitness walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and dancing, etc.Study after study confirms the benefits of aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise increases the amount of oxygen in the body and thereby also increases the flow of oxygen to the brain. This helps to improve brain health in addition to overall body health. Exercise improves circulation throughout the body. Aerobic exercise increases sweating which aids in eliminating toxins from the body. Many truck drivers suffer with constipation and hemorrhoids. Exercise helps to prevent constipation and the development of hemorrhoids.Keeping workout attire and a few pieces of exercise equipment in the trucks is a good plan which may motivate drivers to exercise regularly, especially if the truckstops they frequent don’t have exercise facilities. They can use various types of equipment to get a good aerobic workout. For starters, invest in a good pair of running shoes. They should fit well and be very comfortable. Use them to walk or jog around the truckstop. Buy a pedometer which counts your steps if you want to cover a specified distance each day. Rebounders are small trampolines which are excellent for aerobic exercise. You can buy a folding rebounder and use it outside the truck to bounce or jog in place. The rebounder absorbs 7/8% of the impact to the skeletal system so exercising on it puts very little stress on the joints. Folding bicycles can easily fit in a truck and enable you to be able to ride around various areas as you are on the road. Alternating your exercise routines provides increased variety and interest.Exercise provides both psychological and physical benefits for participants. So all you truck drivers please take the time to incorporate exercise into your schedule. You may be rewarded with a longer, healthier life.
“A Symbol of Strength, Always the Iron Mark”Volvo Trucks has a very exciting history of their transitional journey from manufacturing their very first Volvo, to becoming the renowned giant truck manufacturing company in the world today. This is not just the history of how Volvo Trucks evolved, but also an anecdote of how the modern day trucks were developed.Where It All BeganVolvo Trucks is a subgroup of the Volvo Group of companies. The first ever car from the Volvo Group came out in the market in 1927, from their first factory in Sweden. Their very first truck from Series 1 was released in the beginning of 1928. During that time, trucks were recognized as the complementary means of transporting goods along with railways, cargo ships and horse-drawn wagons.The decade of 1930s saw rapid growth for Volvo. There were new and improved products and successful launches of many ranges. Initially the first Volvo Trucks were slightly old-fashioned, as compared to those of their competitors. Soon, Volvo had caught up with the market and became the leading manufacturer of trucks in the Nordic region.Entering World MarketsVolvo Trucks are present in more than 130 countries across the globe. This availability is a result of their more than 650 dealerships, which are currently existent along with their 1,450 workshops. They are by far the third-largest manufacturers in the world of heavy-duty trucks. They have 9 assembly plants all over the world. Apart from that 8 factories are also owned by their local partners. What started as a Swedish company with export sales soon became a European company with assemblies in Belgium and Scotland as well.They first entered the truck market of North America in 1959. By the mid 1970s, Volvo of America Corporation was formed and they became an established part of the United States truck market. Since then, there has been no looking back. There has only been one way to go for Volvo and that is ‘up.’Evolution of Volvo TrucksBy the 1950s, the design of the trucks was slightly modified and stayed the same. But there were major changes in the development of their engines. Older trucks had been using a basic pre-chamber-combustion diesel engine that was fuel consuming. Even the petrol engines weren’t any better. Volvo introduced an efficient direct-injection diesel engine.In summary, Volvo Trucks was the pioneer in the development of turbo-charged engines. These engines made it possible to build trucks that were longer and could lift heavier weights. Today, almost ninety percent of Volvo Trucks are heavy-duty and can carry weight of up to 16 tons.Soon power-steering was added to the trucks to make handling of the truck easier for the driver. Volvo also was the first to introduce sleeper cabs in the trucks for its drivers.From the beginning, Volvo Trucks were designed by its founders to bear the harsh cold climate of Sweden. They were also designed to perform best, with great care taken to make sure you don’t constantly have to replace Volvo truck parts given the bad condition of Sweden’s roads at the time. For Volvo, safety was and always will be the foremost important feature of all their vehicles.