The best part about the new year is that it brings a time for change, improvement, and renewal. When on or off the road, you can make these six resolutions to make your time as a driver an even better one.
Eat Healthier Foods
As you probably already know, it can be easy to slip into some bad habits. Especially when it comes to eating unhealthy foods. Fast food is more convenient and cheaper which is a plus for those who don’t have a lot of time on their break. However, over time the greasy food can really impact your health in a negative way. Making the switch to healthier foods does not have to be as difficult as you might think. Instead, just taking a few extra minutes to prep a healthier and wholesome meal will be beneficial in the long run. You will feel full, energized, and satisfied rather than sluggish with fast food. You can also switch out your sodas with water, replace salty chips with air-popped and whole grain popcorn (no butter), and don’t overdo it on the coffee intake. You will be thankful you made the switch down the road.
While it may not be possible to squeeze in an hour session at the gym every day, especially when you are an overhaul driver, you can still make time for some exercise. Sitting behind the wheel for a long time can do serious damage to your health. When on a break, take time to do a few exercises here or there, or simply go on a nice walk. Stretching your legs can be very beneficial for you. If you want to take it a step further, bring along weights and other exercising equipment with you to use on your break. You can pair this with exercising videos found on your smartphone. Just make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!
Stay in Touch with Loved Ones More
For drivers who are on the road long periods at a time, it can be difficult to stay in touch with loved ones. Don’t forget to call up your family and friends when on a break or when on the road. Just make sure you are still focusing on your job. While your job is important, your family and friends are everything.
Keep Your Truck Maintained
Just like yourself, your truck needs to be in the best shape it can be for deliveries. For this new year, make the resolution to not slack off on routine maintenance no matter how big or small it may be. Instead, take the time to check out your truck before hitting the road and updating necessary parts. If you are noticing your brakes are not as firm as they once were or your windshield wipers are not helping, don’t ignore it. Act now and get your truck ready so you are ready.
Stay Calm to Avoid Road Rage
You encounter a lot of drivers when on the road who all have different skill levels. In the event that you run into someone who is not-so-experienced or doesn’t seem to be the best driver, just stay calm. It can be frustrating and there will come a point when a driver may be frustrated with you, but it is best to stay calm rather than let your emotions get the best of you.
Don’t Hog the Road
Semi-trucks are the “big guys” on the road, but that doesn’t mean they own the road. This year make the extra effort to be more aware of the cars around you. Since your truck takes up so much room, it can be easy to get too comfortable and forget that you are sharing with others. While this isn’t on purpose, it’s best to make this a resolution that you know you can stick to.
Start the new year off on the right foot by beginning a career in the trucking driving industry. You can find all the right tools to be successful here at United Truck Driving School. Give us a call today to learn more!