4 tips for truck drivers to stay healthy during cold & flu season

Post Date - Mar 25, 2022

With seasonal allergies, variants of COVID-19 spreading through communities, and the general health risks associated with truck driving (obesity, hypertension, bladder issues, etc.), it’s important to stay on top of your health year-round. But with cold and flu season upon us, it may be beneficial to use some of these tips to help avoid catching a bug this season especially:

  1. Wash your hands

We were hoping we didn’t have to say it, but better safe than sorry. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap every time you can. Whether it be at a stop with other truckers and travelers, a public restroom, a restaurant or after loading/unloading your trailer.

  1. Disinfect your space

Since you may work, eat, sleep and breathe there, the cab in your truck is a breeding ground for germs. Disinfect your steering wheel, console and screens as often as possible -- especially after visiting truck stops or docks with questionable sanitation. And don’t forget to disinfect your phone, it can get gross – trust us.

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when possible

Viruses and bacteria can enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth and make you sick. If you’re touching your face, make sure you’ve washed your hands – especially after being in public or unsanitary spaces.

  1. Keep your immune system strong

If you can, avoid smoking and eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Load up on foods or supplements with healthy fats and vitamins B6, C, and E. Minimizing stress and getting enough sleep can also work wonders for your immune system. And of course, stay hydrated! Water plays an important role in supporting your immune system.

At Morgan Van Lines, we go above and beyond to keep our drivers safe, not only on the road, but at home too. We offer top health benefits and PTO so you can get the rest you need. If you’re a CDL-A truck driver looking for a better truck driving career, apply to MVL today!