October 01

How To Handle Being Sick While On The Road

If you’re living in the truck, it is inevitable that you will get sick while out on the road. Here is some advice on how to handle being sick while on the road.

Find a Safe Place

One of the first things you need to do is evaluate your situation. To do that you need to pull into a well-lit public place. Based on how you feel you need to decide if its something you can ride out or you need to get medical help. Don’t wait too long, as that could be critical.

Proper Recovery

Sometimes the best thing you can do while being sick is rest. Your health is more important than getting a load delivered on time. Plus, it can be dangerous to drive while you’re sick. Take a day or two to rest and get better. Continuing to work while being sick is dangerous to not only you but everyone else you’re sharing the road with. Communication with your dispatch is also key, keep them in the loop on what is going on.   

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water and electrolytes have a ton of benefits while you are sick. Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the most important things you can do when you have a cold or flu. Because cold and flu symptoms like runny noses and sweating, which often accompanies fever, increase the amount of water your body loses, dehydration might occur if your fluid intake is not increased to compensate. Hot liquids also have benefits as well. The steam from hot liquids helps relieve congestion and soothe a sore throat. Avoid alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them such as soft drinks, tea, and coffee, they will dehydrate you. 

Overall, driving a semi-truck sick is dangerous, make sure you’re not only alert while on the open road but also being alert to you body. If you feel the onset of something coming on, take care of it immediately before it worsens. Always stay safe on the road.