Truck drivers have always kept the U.S. economy moving and provided everyone with essential needs. It’s more important than ever to acknowledge the hard work and commitment to the demanding job of delivering the country’s 10 billion tons of freight annually.
Below are a few tips on how to keep life moving on the road and use that time to live life to the fullest.
Just as the job is essential, so is personal health. Though most time is spent on the road, create a routine to move your body when taking breaks. Store some small equipment in your truck’s cab: dumbbells, a kettlebell or resistance exercise bands. Look around: is there a place to run? Trails or parks nearby? There are even truck-stop gyms.
Cooking on the road is a fun and healthy option with a little bit of creativity. There are plenty of compact appliances to make quality food on the road. Throw together a hearty stew in a slow-cooker and store your perishables in a mini-fridge. Some additional options to consider are microwaves, electric pans or grills and coffee makers, which can all run off your battery.
Stay connected with loved ones through FaceTime and Skype. Rest. Exercise your mind with podcasts, audio books or learning a new language.
Another part of staying healthy is making sure your truck’s cabin is comfortable. Start with the driver’s seat, where most time is spent. Sitting for long periods can be harsh on the body. Even more so if a worn seat leads to earlier fatigue. Make sure your seat provides proper support for maximum comfort.
A good night’s rest can make the difference between a good day and an exceptional one. Whether innerspring, pocket coil, foam or memory foam, choose the mattress that allows you to wake up refreshed.
Ensure comfort in all weather conditions. An electric blanket can provide that extra layer of warmth on those nights in the mountains or during the winter.
Although the space in your truck is small, you can make it your own style and comfort. Create a mobile office with a file folder desk to organize your Bills of Lading, daily logs and receipts. Ensure your safety and easy navigation with proper electronic mounts for your laptop and cellular device.
Independent drivers like to differentiate themselves by accessorizing the exterior of their truck to signal to fellow drivers on the road they own their truck. Unique add-ons can be a fun way to dress up your truck and show other truckers you’re an owner-operator.
Additionally, consider adding homey comforts like carpet, a rug or prints.
The loneliness of mandatory rest periods can easily be banished with hobbies and technology. With the convenience of services like Uber and Lyft and a little extra planning, you have the ability to be a tourist on your trips. It can be difficult to fit in fun, but rewarding if you can stop to do a little exploring.
Create playlists on Spotify or stream your favorite shows on Netflix, Hulu or YouTube. Pick up portable hobbies like photography, knitting or gaming. With the help of a hotspot, your streaming and gaming options are endless from Mario Bros to Call of Duty.
Write down and share your experiences from the road. Create a blog, write a book or post to social media to share where you’ve been.
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