All truck drivers have to put in many hours on the road, but long-haul drivers face different difficulties than those who get to come home every night. It’s no secret that spending hours or days driving can be mentally taxing. Fatigue and distracted driving can lead to accidents. For this reason, you want to be as safe as possible when you’re driving. You should know these tips if you’re in it for the “long-haul.”
Long-Haul Drivers Should Call Home Regularly
If you’re away from home for a long time, it’s best if you call home each night for a constant reminder that someone loves and cares about you. Furthermore, calling home is a reminder that you should be safe on the road. You want to get back to your loved ones. Therefore, you should make it your mission not to partake in risky behavior.
Invest in Team Driving
Long-haul drivers experience loneliness. Even with so many podcasts, streaming services, and radio stations available, nothing compares to having a companion. It may benefit you to have a partner out on the road. You’ll have a companion, plus you can ensure that you’re getting enough sleep. While you’re resting or video chatting with your loved ones, your partner can take over after you’ve done your fair share of driving.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
Some convenience stores are offering healthier options, especially places like Wawa. They have salads, nuts, and fruit available to ensure that your diet doesn’t get out of whack while you’re on the road. Nothing compares to a well-balanced home-cooked
meal, but when you’re out on the road, there are many alternatives to salty and sugary snacks and beverages. Also, you’ll never go wrong with drinking as much water as possible and getting out and stretching a lot as well as getting enough hours of sleep.
Follow Up on Regular Medical Exams
The average truck driver is around 49 years of age. It’s no secret that the older we get, the more susceptible we become to many health problems. Health problems coupled with long drives aren’t beneficial to any long-haul driver. When you nip any health issues in the bud, it means that you’ll be less stressed while you’re out on the road. Understandably, you don’t have a lot of time at home, so naturally, you want to make the best of your time. However, skipping out on doctor’s appointments doesn’t help anyone.
MIDDLETON & MEADS IS YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL OF YOUR VEHICLE’S NEEDS.
Need to repair your truck or bus? Contact Middleton & Meads today! Middleton & Meads provides quality truck and bus repair, service, and fleet management for the Baltimore, MD area. We have over 90 years of experience in the trucking industry and will provide you with customer service like you have never experienced before! If you are interested in seeing how we can help your business, give us a call at (410) 752-5588 or visit us online today! For more articles and trucking tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn.