Driving long distance in a commercial vehicle can become quite monotonous for an owner operator. The miles tend to blur together. Even harder, you are away from your friends and family for days and weeks at a time. That being said, it works for many people.
Many old-time truckers find ways to stay sane on the road. Here are some tips to help.
Stay connected with those back home. Often the hardest part of living on the road is missing everyone back home. However, it is easier than ever to stay connected. You can text those that you love throughout the day when you are thinking of them. You can do video chats when you are done driving for the evening. Many old-timers like to send letters and postcards from places that they have visited to show their loved ones that they care.
Take care of yourself. It is very important that your health is a priority. You need to make sure that you eat as healthy as possible and visit the doctor regularly. You need to find ways to exercise, even if you are only able to take walks when you are done driving. Sleep also needs to be a priority. If you don’t get enough sleep, you are going to struggle to stay awake during the day. You may also have less patience with others on the road (and your family back home).
Don’t abuse drugs, alcohol, or even medications to help you stay awake during the day. As a commercial truck driver, you need to be as alert as possible. Drugs and alcohol can affect your reflexes and your overall driving ability. However, you need to be just as concerned about all of the medications that you find in truck stops to help you stay awake. Once you get started with these pills, you might find yourself hooked!
You need to take care of yourself if you want to stay sane while you are on the road. If you are unhealthy, you are going to struggle when you are on the road. You also need to avoid drugs, alcohol, and medications to help you stay awake.
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