Life Expectancy of a Truck Driver in the U.S.

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  1. Kaitzilla

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    Giant trucks on the highway are both vital and menacing.
    After my family member almost died due to one changing lanes, I looked them up and learned nothing.

    https://markets.businessinsider.com...-industry-facts-us-truckers-2019-5-1028248577
    Watching Smokey and and Bandit doesn't really count either.

    They are a mystery!
    I can't even find the average life expectancy of a truck driver and there are millions of them.

    It's got to be low I imagine.
    Constant road crashes, no sleep, plentiful stimulants, terrible food, and sitting 40+ hours a week.

    This thread is for trucks and truckers.
    Monster trucks and Ford F650's count too since they can't fit into parking spaces.
     
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    generally there are limits on truckers driving hours, I think its 10hrs consecutive driving with forced 30min break and then after X hours you have to sleep for a certain time
    This results in both good and bad behavior, often truckers will speed to beat the clock due to the way their contracts are set up penalties for late delivery
    I read the pay is decent for a non skilled job

    But companies are testing automated trucks now, they running them over short distances in low traffic areas but in the future id imagine most driving jobs will be run by robots
     
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    I searched "life expectancy of a truck driver" and found:

     
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    That "driver health study" link is dead. :sad:

    No way is it 61 years either.
    There would be an outcry.

    Even if 1 out of 10 drivers got murdered on the road at age 30, that would only drag the average down 5 years, not 15.
     
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    Not really. Those type of dudes don't really put down roots. Even their friends and families don't see much of them. It's a solitary lifestyle.
     
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    LIfe expectancy or on-the-job fatality rate?

    Life expectancy by occupation is tricky. People change careers. People retire. People generally don't become bank managers until they are pretty old. How are all those factored in?

    'Sitting down all day', sure, but so does data entry operators.

    On the job fatality rate, there will be small changes year-year in the rankings depending on how jobs are grouped together or what years they use, but truck drivers are up there, slightly more dangerous than a farmer, slightly more safer than the garbage man.
    Of course 'Truck driver' includes everything from the bread man driving a van-like truck around town 8 hours a day M-F, to the '18 wheelers' driving across the country for three days and then back again for another three days (OTR-Over The Road).

    https://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-dangerous-jobs-in-america-2018-7#:~:text=Logging workers, fishers, aircraft pilots,the top of the list.
    https://www.ishn.com/articles/112748-top-25-most-dangerous-jobs-in-the-united-states

    On a humorous note, I looked up life expectancy by job and one of the top hits was Scientificamerican and I could not understand why the life expectancies seemed so wrong (teachers 30-35).
    Then I noticed the date..... July 31, 1858

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/longevity-of-persons-engaged-in-dif/
     
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    The F650 really does exist.
    Makes those SUV drivers look small!


    I like the license plates.

    He starts driving it at 17:30
     
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    Ya, life expectancy.
    How long can people who sign up to be a truck driver expect to live on average?


    Nice info :D

    Wow
    Small engine mechanics have a tough life too.
     
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    19:01 in that video, him in the pickup is almost sitting at same height as the guy in the 18 wheeler, or it at least gives an illusion that he is.

    Small engine mechanics didn't even make the the other list. But, yeah, the 'most common fatal accidents' don't seem to be directly related to the job (it happened on the job, but not from a danger normally expected from the nature of that job)
     
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    My dad was a trucker and worked for a variety of companies. When it was local (in the city, or at least delivering around the county), we could expect him home for supper every night. But he also drove trucks for an engineering firm involved in the O&G industry, so he'd be all over the province and sometimes into the Territories. We wouldn't see him for weeks, sometimes for months.

    My mother's second husband was also a trucker. Let's just say that he was... flexible... about when he came home. It led to divorce #2 for my mother, and good riddance to him.

    Data entry operators may risk carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions from engaging in repetitive motion all day, or not getting up and moving much, but at least they're not at the mercy of the weather, road conditions, other drivers, avalanches, mud slides, etc. They also get more frequent bathroom and food breaks.

    Sometimes those bratschildren can be hard to handle... I'm glad I realized early on in my B.Ed. that I really don't like kids enough to be surrounded by 30 of them 7 hours/day, 5 days/week, 10 months of the year (minus Christmas and Easter). I did eventually become a teacher, but it was one-on-one music lessons, rather than in a school setting.

    Sombre realization... most of the teachers I ever had are now either dead or senior citizens. There were a couple of student teachers who might still be this side of 65...
     
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    The telegraph, railroad tracks, power lines and internet cables weren't any problems. Where's a global bottle tube system already?

    The truckers can build it and then do the daily maintance work.
     
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    Isn't that called the railway?
     
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    Heinlein wrote a nice SF story on the importance of transport with "The Roads Must Roll" with as element for the plot unionising and power.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roads_Must_Roll

     
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    Yies, it is a little dissappointing for some of us in our old age that many of those things (rolling roads,
    flying cars, colonisation of Mars) the sci-fi writers promised us in our youth, have not come to be.
     
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    I want my jetpack!!!
     
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    smile yeah
    I was sooo thrilled by SF in my youth, whereby my main interest always was the interaction between a tech and the social-societal, both ways effects. Mostly in SF with a tech causing effects.
    My hight time SF reading was 18-22 and then it became behavioral stuff, first animals and as other offspring, and more of my time, fantasy took over.
    But yeah... some disappointment indeed how slow things can move is certainly there... also in the field of early hominids and cradle of civilisation archeology.
     
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    ? This is one field that is currently progressing at a speed and richness that I did not expect.
     
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    yes and no
    There are enough new findings to keep up a decent level dripping of news on this frontier.
    I do not have any agregated overview of resources spend on this hominid research, but my guess is that when we all drink one less beer per year, their budget goes up enormously !

    The thing is that I am regarding hominids very much interested in the interaction, both ways, between genetic changes and cultural + tech developments.
    How do you spread that new gene that enables to handle lactose better among the wider global human population when this became beneficial when milk from goats, reindeer, cattle became available from the tech domestic animal keeping.

    Just as example of a bit more recent time a societal "invention" carved in stone by tradition on securing a defenswe against inbreeding and a katalysator for spreading newly mutated good genes. Culture taking influence on the evolutionary genetics in neolithic era. The other effect that trade secrets developed in the one tribes spread out better to other tribes. Trade secrets like a better tech on pottery, herbs, garment techs, music instruments, songs for cohesion, etc, etc.
    The neolithic bronze age farmers that flooded one day the fertile spots, the sweet spots of the Netherlands (somewhere 4,000 BC), became slowly more "advanced" which enabled them to prosper in the dry grounds of NL (though less fertile than the loess soil south of the Rhine).
    When the Romans came to South of the Rhine those dry grounds just North of the Rhine in NL (the Veluew area, sandy plateau made by the ice age gletsjers), had a stable society and since recent data (from volunteers doing advanced air reconnaissance in homebound Covid time ! with drones and software) we know that is was for that period of time for only farmer communities very population dense in the pre-Roman period.
    From Roman sources: the tradition of the many small tribes, the many small farmer communities was to:
    * the boys were send to other tribes for the second part of their education-development to adult
    * always marry up with someone of another tribe.
    * it looks very much that there was a max of only one marriage per other tribe (for a given period).

    Further back in time it makes me ask many unanswered questions
    For example:
    Is it so that homo sapiens had also as strong cultural feature that it had a wider geographic and therefore also genetic range for this crossbreeding than Neandethal etc ?
    Already as hunter-gatherers, small groups up to small tribes (the governance system of hunter-gatherers does not encourage big tribes), this inter-breeding must have had good evolutionary effects. After all the success of a species can very well be measured by the size of the gene pool it can develop and maintain.
    Big summer gatherings, of a holy enough nature to get a peace period between tribes, can drive intermingling of genes and "inventions" (cultural, techs) very much forward.
    It looks more and more that one of the reasons the Neanderthal disappeared is that their genepool became smaller and smaller.
    And ofc these blood bounds also mitigated the risk on warfare between tribes !
     
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    You know the news this week is that is was because of the magnetic poles swapping, and they named it after Douglas Adams 'cos it happened 42 thousand years ago?

     
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