Illness on the Road
September 27, 2022
You quite literally are living out of your truck and get sick on the road. What now?
Whether it is a common cold, or you got hit with the flu, it’s not fun!
The topic of getting sick on the road is not discussed near as much as it should be. Many drivers don’t want to stop driving because they won’t get paid. Your health is more important than pay!
It is important to take care of yourself and know your limits. Make sure you continue to keep yourself hydrated when you start to feel sick. When you are away from family and in a rural location, there isn’t always a doctor or someone who can take care of you.
Below are a few tips on what to do if you encounter illness on the road as a truck driver.
Pull over if you are feeling too ill to drive. If possible, find a truck stop so you have the amenities if you need them. For your safety and others don’t drive when you can’t fully focus on the road.
Assess if you need to get help. Are you experiencing an illness where you need to see the doctor? Reach out to your dispatch and let them know you are going to see a doctor. Often you can get a taxi from your location to a doctor’s office. If you are too ill to drive yourself, take an ambulance. Call for help if you need it. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Carry medicine on your truck. It is safe to say that you will get ill on the road at some point during your time as an over-the-road driver. Be prepared and keep common cold medicine on your truck. Do not carry medicine that will make you drowsy or impaired. Know the rules on what medications are safe and legal for you as a commercial driver. It is best to not use nighttime medicine at all when you are on the road in case you would accidentally take them during your drive. In addition to carrying medicine, keep cleaning supplies on hand. Clean daily when you are sick with sanitizing wipes.
It is safest to park it when you feel ill. Putting yourself and others on the road at risk is not worth it!