Health Survey Results – Long-Haul Truck Drivers

Health Survey Results

The National Survey of Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury is the first to provide national estimates of health conditions, behaviors, and work environments for long-haul truck drivers in the United States.

What health conditions and behaviors make illness more likely among long-haul truck drivers?

Long-haul truck drivers experience more health conditions that make illness more likely compared to U.S. adult workers. In addition, long-haul truck drivers report behaviors that increase their chance for future health problems.

  • 6 out of 10 long-haul truck drivers reported having two or more of these health conditions and/or unhealthy behaviors that increase the chance of developing long-lasting diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
  • About 7 out of 10 long-haul truck drivers were obese (Body Mass Index [BMI] of 30 or higher) – twice the number of U.S. adult workers that were obese. A person who is obese has a higher chance for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea.
  • More than half of long-haul truck drivers were current cigarette smokers – over twice the number of current cigarette smokers among U.S. adult workers. A person who smokes cigarettes has a higher chance for lung cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.
  • Long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely to report they were told of having diabetes compared to U.S. adult workers. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and foot or leg amputations.
  • Roughly 4 out of 10 long-haul truck drivers were not covered by health insurance or a health care plan – twice the number of U.S. adult workers without insurance. No health insurance may cause a person to delay or not receive needed health care.

Which aspects of a long-haul truck driver’s work environment can contribute to a higher chance for health problems?

Long-haul truck drivers spend most of their time driving alone. They face challenges such as long hours worked on the job, tight schedules, and short time spent at home that can increase stress, fatigue, sleepiness, and other health problems .

  • Nearly 4 out of 5 long-haul truck drivers drove alone.
  • Drivers worked an average 60 hours during a 7-day period. Over 40 hours were spent driving.

Roughly half of long-haul truck driv

Page last reviewed: March 13, 2018