The country’s trucking industry is currently facing difficult challenges. In fact, some observers believe that this industry is in crisis right now. There is a shortage of drivers, obviously because of the difficulty of working on this job. The nation is now faced with the problem of flu epidemic. With truck drivers traveling from city to city and state to state across the country, catching the flu is a likely possibility.
Owner and managers of fleet trucks are forced to examine and analyze the situation in order to come up with appropriate solutions or they will be erased from the business map. If that happens, the whole nation will be adversely affected. Our supply of everyday goods will stop coming. Thankfully, the trucking industry is now developing the necessary measures that can address healthcare issues through healthcare management and fleet payment technology.
Truck Drivers Are Getting Sick
Every time a professional truck driver gets behind the wheel, he should be ready to take the risks of falling into an accident, fatigue, depression, and a number of health issues such as the current flu epidemic. If these risks are not promptly addressed, they could lead to bigger problems with terrible consequences which could include the following:
- Sleep apnea.
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals such as diesel exhaust leading to stroke and heart attack
- Depression due to anxiety of being alone on the job
- Lack of exercise and eating unhealthy food
- Extreme fatigue due to traveling very long routes
- Cramped work space leading to ergonomic problems
- Musculoskeletal injuries because of lifting heavy loads
- Lack of access to road healthcare facilities leading to neglect of health
- Not following medical procedures because of difficulty in accessing medicines
- Alcohol and drug abuse because of the above reasons
The Trucking Industry Is Fighting Back
Knowing that the numbers of professional truck drivers are diminishing because of the above reasons, fleet owners and managers are coming up with the solutions that will stop the bleeding. One of the avenues that they are considering in solving these health issues is through digital efficiencies and digital data. They hope that with this approach, fleet managers will be able to efficiently manage and control the delivery of healthcare services to their drivers, and truck drivers will have access to healthcare reimbursement.
One of the practical solutions that will solve all these healthcare issues is being offered by WEX, a company which claims to be able to simplify the complex world of payments. In their own words, they say they’re making payments faster, smarter and simpler. WEX’s subsidiary, EFS is its arm that takes care of the needs of the fleet trucking industry. EFS Chief Information Officer Steve Crowley claims that their system’s software will enable fleet managers to control the process of juggling multiple receipts and cards while the transfer of information or data from physical paper to the cloud is happening. This process will save the fleet drivers all that trouble.
In other words, the whole process will be simplified, making it easier for professional truck drivers to access every health care item they need while they are on the road. As a consequence, their state of health will begin to improve, and fleet owners and managers won’t be worrying themselves about their dwindling numbers.
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