There’s a reason why the saying “in for the long haul” exists. It implies a long journey that won’t always be the most comfortable. Even so, it will all be worth it in the end. Whether or not you are an owner-operator, you will probably need to prepare yourself for your next trucking route across several states. Here are some healthy tips for doing just that.
People need fuel, too! It’s important to keep your rig fueled up no matter how far you need to go. That said, you need to keep yourself fueled up too, since driving even short distance can take more out of you than you might expect. Make sure that you stay hydrated. Coffee and soda are tempting choices for helping you stay awake, but they only give you temporary boosts and the crash once that effect fades can be unpleasant. Stock up on snacks full of nutrients, and make better choices at truck stops – put down that bag of greasy fries and pick up fruits and nuts instead!
Another idea to keep you going is to use aromatherapy. Try different scents depending on the time of day and what mood you are in – some will energize you and others will help soothe you. Driving trucks and hauling cargo for a living can be a stressful career, so you need to think of unconventional ways to help you unwind. Essential oils and diffuser sprays can make this happen, even if you don’t have a sleeper cabin built into your truck but you need to park at a motel overnight before hitting the road again.
Change Your Sitting Posture
Pay attention to your posture. When you sit for a long time, it’s easy to start feeling aches and pains in your back, your shoulders, and your hips. This situation makes it harder to focus on the road conditions around you, and you might need to use a runaway truck ramp only to find that there isn’t one close to you. Leaning over your steering wheel can also lead to neck pain and headaches. When you feel too sore, find a safe place to pull over and get some rest!
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