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How to Avoid Being Lonely on the Road

In general, trucking can be a lonely job. Think about it: trucking involves sitting in a giant, fortress-like vehicle for many hours at a time. However, some people’s personalities mesh well with the trucking lifestyle precisely because they like a lot of alone time. Others? Not so much.

What can you do to avoid being lonely on the road?

If you have close friends and family, take time to reach out to them daily, whether you’re in your truck chatting with them via phone (hands-free of course) or at a hotel or wherever. Smartphones with “Facetime” and/or “Skype.com” work well because they enable people to see one another when they’re chatting. Even something simplistic like a “text” to a loved one can make all the difference. People just want to know other people are thinking about them sometimes– that’s human nature.

While on the road, take time to develop your acquaintance list, such that you become familiar with cashiers, waitresses, fellow truckers, and gas station attendants. Get to know their names and find out what they like to talk about. It’s nice to see a familiar face when you’re out on the job, and any chance you get to share thoughts, news, opinions or laughs? Go for it! Weather, sports and family are all good conversation topics.

Do you have a pet that travels well? Many truckers combat loneliness by bringing their “companion animals” with them. If the company the trucker works for doesn’t have a problem with taking pets on trips, why not consider doing just that?

Besides pets, consider bringing your spouse along for the ride now and then. More and more companies are allowing spouses to drive together these days.

Finally, make a calendar and fill it out with things to look forward to. That way, when you’re on the road and feeling a bit lonely you can look at the calendar and remember good stuff coming up. It’s always good to have something to look forward to in life– this is true for truckers and everybody else.

A Statistical Analysis of How Sleep Apnea Affects Truckers

If you ever wondered about the statistics of how sleep apnea affects truckers and their wallets, you’ve come to the right place. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) did a survey of 800 truck drivers with sleep apnea. The findings were interesting. Did you know, for instance, that the average trucker with sleep apnea pays… Continue Reading

Research Concerning Sleep Apnea and the Trucking Industry

The online edition of the journal Sleep has something of particular interest to truckers in its March 21st edition. Turns out that a new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has found that truckers with obstructive sleep apnea who aren’t being treated/complying with treatment have a fivefold increase in the risk of a severe… Continue Reading

Federal Regulars Target “Sleepy” Drivers

When driving a big rig over roads, you do not want to fall asleep, right? Sleepy drivers should know that the federal regulators are considering new restrictions for truck drivers who have sleep apnea, a condition where a person reduces or stops breathing during their sleep. Sleep apnea involves repeated episodes of upper airway collapse… Continue Reading