More than 40% of the UK’s lorry drivers are frustrated by the lack of healthy eating choices on the road, according to research carried out by a leading breakdown organisation.
In a survey from RAC Truck Rescue, the results of which were revealed this week, more than four out of 10 truckers want to see a broader range of low fat or sugar-free food at service stations and truck stops, compared to just 21% of company car drivers.
The research was carried out across 500 UK businesses and asked what drivers list as their top roadside gripes.
The survey is a positive sign that lorry drivers are trying to overcome their unhealthy image, after a recent poll by supermarket giant Morrisons revealed that 28% of truckers are either obese or morbidly obese, against a national average of 22%.
“The haulage sector has struggled with concerns over the health of its workforce,” said RAC spokesman Matt Dallaway, “But driver health is just as important as vehicle health for any fleet.”
The RAC survey backs up the findings of a recent Transport Focus report, which showed the basic needs of truckers are not being met. A-Roads, in particular, were shown to have very poor service areas and facilities.
Surprisingly, added the RAC, the lack of healthy food was a bigger complaint of truckers than other issues, including using mobile phones (40%), poor standard of overnight facilities (39%) and middle lane ‘hoggers’ (34%).
Dallaway added, “Of course we recognise that service station facilities are always improving and more and more food outlets are opening up for drivers, but there is clearly still more that can be done”
“It’s really encouraging to see this shift in attitude, but the facilities need to be there to cater for those looking for a healthy option.”