To describe and compare the working conditions of long-haul truck drivers (LHTD) before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and to assess the perceptions of LHTDs on accessing food, restrooms, and parking.
An online survey was disseminated between August 2020 and March 2021 to various trucking organizations across Canada to collect data on health and wellness during COVID-19. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, and thematic analysis for open-ended responses.
The sample included 146 LHTD (mean age 48.1 ± 11.8; 82.2% were men). Participants reported issues with finding parking, washrooms, and food. Compared to before COVID-19, LHTD worked significantly more hours and consumed more caffeine; and more than 50% reported being fatigued.
Improving the working conditions of LHTD is critical to support their health and wellbeing, both during and after the pandemic.