Engen is once again putting Driver Wellness in the front seat during this October Transport Month ensuring that truck driver health and wellness – and road safety in general – is prioritised. In partnership with Trucking Wellness, Engen Driver Wellness is offering free voluntary health screenings to all commercial truck drivers at 20 sites across seven provinces of South Africa.
All truck drivers passing through Gauteng, Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape and the Eastern and Western Cape are invited to visit participating Engen 1-Stops and Truck Stops (see sites below) for free voluntary health screenings. On completion of screening, drivers will also receive free toiletry bags as a token of appreciation.
During the month of October, mobile clinics will be located at selected Engen Truck Stops and Engen 1 Stop service stations, all offering free screenings by qualified nurses and councillors, including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, malaria, TB & STI screening, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and condom distribution.
Engen’s Commercial Marketing and Business Development Manager, Adnaan Emeran says for the past ten years, the Engen Driver Wellness Programme has sought to improve occupational health and wellness among long-distance truck drivers by providing free health screenings, healthy lifestyle advice and consultations where necessary.
“Engen’s relationship with the transport fraternity stretches back many decades and we have enormous respect for an industry that is a crucial cog in helping to keep the wheels of South Africa’s economy turning,” says Emeran. “We believe in adding value in a sustainable and specialised manner, which is based on our extensive knowledge of the sector.
He adds that Engen sees truck drivers as the true heroes on our highways. “Given the long hours many truck drivers spend on the road, hauling cargo across the African continent and the stresses associated with the job, we believe that interventions such as our Driver Wellness programme provides a critical pillar of support in making a difference to both fleet owners and truck operators.”
In addition, Engen recently announced a partnership with the SaferStops Association (SSA), which seeks to improve truck stop facilities by focusing on healthy meal alternatives, exercise facilities and rest areas that allow commercial truck drivers to take a break after spending long hours on the road.
“Working together with the SSA, Engen is actively looking at ways in which it can improve its facilities and ensure that the changing needs of truck drivers are catered for,” says Emeran.
Some key changes on the cards at Engen Truck Stops include healthier food options, improved ablution facilities and recreational areas, with a gym already installed at the Gone South Engen Truck Stop, while four Truck Stops offer permanent clinics on site.
“After months of research into the health and nutritional needs of drivers, we are about to pilot a new healthy meal offering, with drivers eventually able to order nutritiously prepared meals at affordable prices through an App,” says Emeran, adding that focusing on improved driver health, nutrition and wellness has a massive impact for both drivers and their families.
“Our partnership with Trucking Wellness and collaboration with SSA further re-enforces Engen’s commitment to being a sustainable energy solutions partner, enriching lives for a better future,” says Emeran.
Planned rollout over Transport Month
|Site Category||Site Name||Town|
|Engen Truck Stop||Beaufort West||Beaufort West|
|Engen Truck Stop||Musina Gateway||Musina|
|Engen Truck Stop||PE Gone South||Port Elizabeth|
|Engen Truck Stop||Harrismith Highway Junction||Harrismith|
|Engen Truck Stop||East London Kempston||East London|
|Engen Truck Stop||Cape Town Market Kempston||Cape Town|
|Engen Truck Stop||Kimberley||Kimberly|
|Engen Truck Stop||Kokstad||Kokstad|
|Engen Truck Stop||Port Shepstone||Port Shepstone|
|Engen Truck Stop||Springfontein||Springfontein|
|Engen Truck Stop||Sydney Road||Durban|
|Engen Truck Stop||Trafford Road||Westmead|
|Engen Truck Stop||Upington||Uppington|
|Engen Truck Stop||Touwsriver (Humkoop)||Touwsriver|
|Site Category||Site Name||Town|
|Engen 1 Stop||HIGHVELD 1 STOP WEST OR EAST||Olifantsfontein|
|Engen 1 Stop||KROONVAAL 1 STOP SOUTH OR NORTH||Parys|
|Engen 1 Stop||TUGELA 1 STOP NORTH||Ladysmith|
|Engen 1 Stop||BLOEM ONE STOP NORTH||Bloemfontein|
|Engen 1 Stop||MOOI 1 STOP||Mooi River|