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Apr 05, 2019 10:03:33

Truckers

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Brandon Wilson

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Anyone who drives for any length of time on the US interstate highway system quickly realizes that the highways are dominated by semi-trucks. They are everywhere. Most of the trucks are nondescript, but there are the occasional obvious businesses like FedEx, Walmart, and Amazon.

I tip my hat to truckers. Wait, I normally don't wear hats. I just put on a hat so that I can tip it to truckers. We need truckers to transport goods all over the country. According to this CNN article, we have a shortage of truck drivers primarily due to the aging of the current drivers and lack of interest from the younger generation.

Truckers make a lot of sacrifices. They are away from their families for extended periods of time. They are sitting for hours on end. They most likely don't have great diets. Their schedules throw off their circadian rhythms, which likely leads to poor sleep. I am sure that the trucker population as a whole scores pretty low on overall health measures. 

The next time I order something online and find myself waiting impatiently for it to arrive, I'm going to pause and think about all these truckers. Their sacrifices make life better for me and for that I am grateful.

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    @brandonwilson - Yes the lack of a routine in diet, sleep and even social life is definitely a recipe for diaster health wise. I think there is a big shift to go towards freight to replace truck drivers and match demand.
    Nicely written.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 05, 2019 19:54:01
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      @keni Yes, and of course the talk of self-driving vehicles looming on the horizon. I think it would be much easier for AI to drive on an open stretch of highway compared to navigating through major cities and surface streets. It will be interesting to see how that technology progresses.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 06, 2019 06:11:25
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