As a driver for a trucking fleet, you will be expected to sit for long hours in a single position, which may put you at risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis. This disease has the potential to incapacitate or even kill you, so it is important to avoid it.
Deep Vein Thrombosis is caused when you sit in the same position for a long time, and a blood clot forms in the deep veins of your legs. The condition is dangerous because if the clot breaks free of your legs, it could travel through your bloodstream and clog your lungs. If you are a trucking fleet driver this is especially dangerous, because your job requires you to sit for long periods and taking too many breaks is unproductive.
Some of the ways to combat this condition are:
Blood Thinners- These medications will prevent clots from forming or growing.
Stretching- Get out of the truck and walk around every chance you get. If you can't get out of the truck, there are small exercises you can do in the car to stretch and increase blood flow to the legs.
Socks for Circulation- There are socks made especially for people with bad circulation. Buying those and then keeping your feet warm can help you avoid clotting.
Avoid the Bad Habits of the Road- A lot of the pitfalls that trucking fleet drivers succumb to can be causes of deep vein thrombosis. For instance, smoking can affect blood circulation negatively and fatty foods found on highway exits can raise blood pressure and cholesterol. Avoiding these can help you prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Fleet maintenance isn't only for your truck. If you aren't getting enough blood circulation to your legs and end up in the hospital, you won't have a job and your company will be out one experienced driver.