Truck In ValleyAs a professional truck driver, you come into contact with thousands of other drivers each day. It is your responsibility to ensure that you drive safely in order to protect your company's interests.

It's important to note that your health — including your diet — affects your ability to drive. You should consider the following health risks and how they impact your ability to drive safely.

Your Blood Pressure Increases

Research shows that after only 10 minutes of driving, your blood pressure will increase. High blood pressure places a strain on your heart, forcing it to work harder to pump oxygen and blood throughout your body. An increase in your pressure could lead to a heart attack. A heart attack can threaten your life and the life of people around you. If you already have a heart condition or medication for blood pressure, then your risks are already above normal.

You can counter the effects of your blood pressure rising by taking deep breaths. Some studies show that breathing exercises can reduce your blood pressure by 20 points within minutes.

Your Blood Sugar Rises

Whether you are a diabetic or not, shortly after you start driving, your blood sugar increases. Higher blood sugar levels can make you feel tired and affect your ability to focus on driving. When this happens, you are a potential danger to yourself and the people around you. If you already have trouble managing your blood sugar, driving can make things significantly worse.

You can lower the risk of an accident by taking your blood sugar medication before driving. Additionally, you want to give the medication sufficient time to circulate through your system so that you aren't affected by the drop in your blood sugar when you begin to drive.

Your Circadian Rhythm Encourages You To Sleep

If you are one of the millions of people who drive at night, then you are affected by another body process. Your natural sleep pattern is set to the nighttime hours. By being up at night, you affect your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm refers to an internal clock that operates on a 24-hour clock. If you work at night, then you will have a natural tendency to want to sleep while you are driving, which can cause you to be distracted behind the wheel. Regardless of if you're getting enough sleep, your body will still want to rest at night.

You can counter the effects of your circadian rhythm by being more active before you hit the road. By increasing your activity levels later in the evening, you reduce the chances that you will become drowsy behind the wheel.

Stay safe and healthy while on the road. Call Heritage Insurance LTD at (800) 667-7640 for more information on Moose Jaw SK trucking insurance.
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