Body and Vehicle Maintenance

by | Jun 6, 2019

Body, Mind & Vehicle Maintenance

If you have ever travelled on the highway for any amount of time, you have probably seen vehicles broken down on the side of the road. What are your thoughts when you see this?

The driver is having troubles.
Something unexpected happened.
Look at that guy.

And the list goes on. I’m sure that maybe you yourself have broken down a time or two on the road. Ran out of gas, a flat tire, hit something, or maybe lost an item off your vehicle. Whatever the case, it was probably something that could have been avoided had the operator taken a few extra minutes to check on things.

Every day people jump in their vehicles, drive away, and never check anything. They just drive to their destination without a care in the world. 8 out of 10 times this may work. The 9th and 10th times, it may not. Take the time to do a proper pre-trip check and make sure your vehicle is ready for that next trip down the highway. It may save your life or someone else’s.

What happens when your vehicle doesn’t get checked or have regular maintenance performed on it? It stops! It may break down, or just stop working.

Like your vehicle, your body and mind have very similar needs. They both need care and attention. If you neglect them, it could have serious consequences down the road.

Some people exercise and workout to stay in shape. Some people do sport activities, extreme sports, or light activities to physically keep up. But what about your mind? It too needs help and TLC.

Maintaining Your Mental Health

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. This could be depression, anxiety, and others. 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. 49% of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor. (Source: Canadian Mental Health Association)

You just never know who you meet everyday that could be suffering from some such thing or another. So, please be kind and understanding to everyone. We all have issues. Some are more complicated than others, but they are still there. Before you venture out on the road, check your mental state.

Are you ready for the trip?

Do a pre-trip evalutation on yourself:

  1. Have I had enough sleep?
  2. Have I eaten a nutritious meal?
  3. Do I feel up to driving?
  4. Have I refrained from substances?
  5. Do I have a clear mind?
  6. Am I giving myself enough time to get there?

These are six quick questions to ask yourself every time you venture out on the road. The worst thing you can do is drive when you haven’t had the proper rest, eaten, refrained from substances, given yourself enough time, and most importantly have a clear mind. This means arguing with your partner or family, boss, or loved one before you leave or being distracted by an issue from work or work that you’re doing.

Please be conscious of your choices, physical and mental states when you venture out on the road today.

Until next time… If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your mind maintenance and how it affects you in your life, contact me at

Dana G Smith, CSIC

Dana G Smith, CSIC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Professional Development Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker, helping companies and professional drivers have more connection, communication, and overall job satisfaction.

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