I see one shy doe frozen in her tracks and I say, "The grass on that side is as green as it gets!" and "Don't even think of going exploring now!" As of this writing I haven't hit one. It's been close, but I've managed to slow down just long enough for the scared creatures to scamper out of the way. For some drivers, striking a deer is unavoidable.
As a student driver, you are taught to never risk your life or the life of another motorist in order to avoid an animal. However, hitting an animal as large as a deer is very rarely without consequence. There have been countless occasions where a collision with a deer has not only damaged the truck, but also the driver. It's just one of the many hazards that truck drivers face.
Weight gain is another. With all of the time drivers spend sitting, coupled with the fact that fast food is very easy to find at truck stops, the majority of truckers are overweight and out of shape. I knew that staying healthy would be one of my toughest challenges as a truck driver, and can't say that it's been a walk in the park. I have to find time in between my many pick ups and deliveries for trips to a grocery store in order to stay stocked with fruits, veggies, and whole grain bread. I also have to find the time for workouts. I have a bicycle on board my truck and I go for a ride or jog whenever I can. I also have free weights, a kettleball, resistance bands, and a jump rope that I use at least every other day. It absolutely takes effort and determination to be fit and healthy, but it's totally worth it!