With so much on their minds as they continue working during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that at-work drivers might lose sight of their own wellbeing. Yet, focusing on personal wellbeing remains crucial at this time, with good health, a positive attitude and 100% focus all critical elements in safe driving.
10 tips for prioritizing driver wellbeing
- Make sure at-work drivers know that their safety remains your priority. Share these Driver Safety Tips (U.S. version, UK version)
- Communicate with at-work drivers about the importance of getting adequate sleep, and the dangers of driving tired
- Encourage at-work drivers to maintain a healthy diet
- Speak to drivers about the importance of continuing to take rest breaks, even if drivers’ hours are extended and schedules are busier
- Although their usual form of exercise might not be possible, share tips with at-work drivers for keeping up regular exercise outside of work (ideas include online videos, DVD workouts and home gyms)
- Ensure at-work drivers are aware of the risks associated with impairment, including the “morning after” effects of alcohol
- Encourage at-work drivers to take “time out” after work to focus on their wellbeing (for example reading, mindfulness, family time etc.)
- Check in with team members regularly to ask how people are feeling/coping. Sharing your own stories of how you’re coping with new schedules/working environments could prove helpful.
- Encourage at-work drivers to share feedback related to how they’re managing with workloads
- Remind drivers that over-the-counter medicines can have side-effects including dizziness, fatigue, nausea and others, and that they must check labels before driving if they are taking any medicines