Friday, January 19, 2018

Physical condition can impact driver’s safety, bottom line


Thursday, April 1, 2010
by MICK SEVERIN

Some of us have been out of shape, or not feeling at the top of our game for so long, we figure it’s just the way things are. Being overweight, the aching back, the irregular digestive system or any number of health problems we take for granted along with the bottles of medications.
Some of us have been out of shape, or not feeling at the top of our game for so long, we figure it’s just the way things are. Being overweight, the aching back, the irregular digestive system or any number of health problems we take for granted along with the bottles of medications.

You spent a couple hundred grand on your rig.  You keep it greased and oiled.  You keep on top of all the safety features such as lights, brakes and tires. You take the time to keep that baby clean and lookin’ its best. And all this is done to keep that machine runnin’ so you can make a living, right?

You invest your time, money, work and yet, that truck is only as productive as the person behind the wheel.

You do your best to keep your equipment operating at 100 percent but on the “health meter” what are you running at?  50 percent, 60 percent, 75 percent or do you know?

Some of us have been out of shape, or not feeling at the top of our game for so long, we figure it’s just the way things are. Being overweight, the aching back, the irregular digestive system or any number of health problems we take for granted along with the bottles of medications.

If your truck is operating at 100 percent but your body is operating at 50 percent you can only produce 5 percent, got it? It’s a cold hard fact that a lot of us never figure health into our financial assessments.

Your health is one of the most important factors in your bottom line and the better you are physically, the more successful you will be fiscally.

So let’s break things down to demonstrate the importance of your health:

Safety

Any professional driver who gets behind the wheel knows it’s a jungle out there. So you understand the importance of your rig’s safety features.  Brakes, lights, tires, horn, mirrors and seatbelts go a long way in keeping you safe and in control of emergency situations.

But, is your back bothering you?  Maybe you’re carrying around a few extra pounds or the circulation in your legs isn’t quite right? You have added precious seconds to the time it takes for you to handle an emergency.  Those extra seconds could cost you, at the very least money, but God forbid, maybe your life.

Warning signs

Clutch feels a little spongy? Brakes chattering? Hey, that’s a noise you haven’t heard before. Maybe the load doesn’t feel like it’s riding right. You know your rig inside and out and when something isn’t right, you feel it.

How about your body? How does it feel? How does it look? Let’s see, is that stomach a little closer to the steering wheel than it used to be?  Are you a little more out of breath when you exert yourself? 

Your body constantly gives you signs along the way that something isn’t quite right. Pay attention and get it fixed.

Maintenance schedules

You’re on the road and check the odometer. Yep, it’s time for that oil change and general maintenance stop. You certainly aren’t going to let too many miles go by before taking care of necessary maintenance. It is the same situation with that machine you call your body. Scheduled health check-ups and physical exams are important for your life and business. 

Stress

You’re driving through treacherous mountain passes and you’re not getting any cooperation from the driving school graduates around you. The brakes and clutch on your truck can get overheated and stressed pretty quickly.  You certainly know the warning signs there.

But what about your everyday life? Financial burdens, tight schedules, bosses, and family can put a lot of stress on you.  What are the consequences of being under constant stress because of these everyday situations? Well, let me clue you in on a few: anger, fear and poor decisions lead to illness, heart attack, stroke or just plain old death. Got it?

Stress has ruined more bodies, lives, families, friendships and businesses than any vice imaginable.  Stress is at the root of most vices and mental instabilities causing people to look for outlets such as alcohol and other drugs, overeating, smoking, even anger towards family and friends.  High levels of stress can also lead to domestic violence and divorce.

You and your truck have a lot in common and you work in partnership. You need your truck and your truck needs you.

So in the next issue we will discuss this odd relationship a little more and make some suggestions on how things work in harmony for a successful life and business.

In the meantime if you need Fitness Road to help you with the physical and stressful side of your life give us a call at (888) 348-7623 or get on the Web site, fitnessroad.com.

Don’t forget you are always welcome at our Wellness Center in Tempe Arizona just east of the 1-10 on Baseline Road.

God bless you and yours, Mick. 

 

      

Video Sponsors