COMMON AILMENTS OF DRIVERS AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM
Being under stress is not enjoyable. It makes driving more challenging as it raises your anxiety level. It is hard for stressed-out drivers to enjoy their profession. The joy of driving past iconic places such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and similar landmarks is something the stressed driver will not have the opportunity to enjoy.
Overtime exists mainly because of the high level of absenteeism due to stress or related sicknesses. There is also a high level of turnover due to driver burnout – also caused by stress.
An extract from European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, (2011) states the following:
“Musculature risk are not just related to actual driving the postural evaluation of the driver’s workstation reveals a risk of musculature damage to the neck, created by the torsion/twist movement made by driver when passengers get on the bus, along with the extension movements made when looking at the central rear-view mirror during the opening and closing of the back doors”
Musculature complaints and disorders are also associated with exposure to intense whole-body vibrations, which may occur if drivers regularly encounter poorly maintained roads where badly patched manholes, potholes and drain covers exist along a driver’s assigned route.
DRIVING BACK PAIN
Driving also involves excessive reaching and head movement. This can set the stage for muscular pain, especially when other stress factors are involved. These other stress factors include driving during bad weather, in heavy traffic, or when you are late. Rush hour traffic.
Gastrointestinal disorders, commonly known as digestive diseases, are a group of diseases which affect the digestive system, which is composed of the mouth, oesophagus, gall bladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, anus, liver and pancreas. These organs are responsible for the digestion of food.
Driving is also associated with long, irregular hours of sitting at the wheel. The irregular driving schedules and strenuous working conditions are considered to be the major causes behind the gastrointestinal complaints of many drivers.
To Help Prevent Gastrointestinal Disorders
Meal times should be observed as regularly as possible, to ensure you are eating a balanced diet. Make sure that you have a good intake of healthy snacks throughout the day. This will keep your body nourished enough to manage the stress that may occur while driving. Ensure that you drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Be aware of what you eat and drink, to make sure that you do not overeat, as this will leave you uncomfortable by creating more work for the digestive system. A Professional Driver’s diet should include large amounts of cereals, grains, nuts,vegetables and fruits.
The driver should also be sure to do adequate physical activity when on a break. This is essential to help burn off food consumption. For example, stretch your entire body as you check the vehicle or do gentle yoga twisting exercises.