I think most people, in their lifetimes, have wanted to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Some people find this through religion or some sort of community service and, lately, through becoming involved in an online community. But what can you, as a trucker, become involved in?
A movement has started that is gaining momentum. You could say it’s being pushed by government activity, but there’s a grassroots movement of truckers supporting it, along with groups like our Fit for the Road program and the Healthy Trucking Association of America.
It’s the Healthy Trucker Movement.
Now before you roll your eyes and write it off, hear me out. Yeah, I know the government has gotten tougher and tougher on your health regs. And I agree that it’s a little unfair that us four-wheelers don’t have to face anywhere near the same requirements in order to be out on the road, much less maintain a steady job. But, believe it or not, there are people in the trucking community who actually care about you.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of these folks through various truck shows this year. It’s been an absolute privilege. I think there have always been the “health nut” types in trucking, but these folks I’m talking about are normal, everyday drivers who just want to see other drivers beat the system by proving that truckers can be healthy.
The HTAA and the 61+ Driver Health Advisory Committee/Trucking Solutions Group have played a role this year by sponsoring health walks at various truck shows across the country. Our Fit for the Road program sponsored its first-ever 5k at the Great American Trucking Show last month.
We want to help, and we want to hear from you about how we can help. If you have thoughts or suggestions on ways this movement can gather steam or if you want to become more involved, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.