5 New Year’s Resolutions for Truck Drivers
2017 is already upon us. It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions and follow through with them. We’re talking specifically about resolutions you can make as a truck driver to improve your health, enjoy a happier family life back home and experience better success in your truck-driving career.
Here are 5 simple New Year’s resolutions from America Truck Driving School that you can make as a truck driver:
1. Drink lots of water.
It’s so easy to opt for sugary drinks, coffee, energy drinks or anything else loaded with caffeine when you are picking something to drink at the truck stop or gas station. However, these drinks will take their toll on your body. Water is so much better for you. It will keep you hydrated and help you stay at neutral energy levels rather than the highs and lows that come with so much sugar and/or caffeine. Make a point to drink more water and you will feel better on the road.
2. Stay in touch with family and friends.
This is especially true for long-haul truck drivers who are away from home for long periods of time. Make it a point to reach out to your loved ones back at home as often as possible. Schedule phone calls or video chats. Let them know how much you care. At the same time, staying in touch with them will help lift your own spirits throughout your haul.
3. Improve your physical activity.
It’s no secret that long hours in a truck can be tough on your body. You are sitting in one basic position for hours at a time, so make it a point to stretch and look for any opportunity to get a little extra physical activity. Park further away from truck stops to get a little more walking in. Do a few laps around your truck every time you stop. Take the time to stretch out your legs, arms, neck and back whenever you can to avoid getting super stiff.
4. Take care of your eyes.
Long hours on the road can also be brutal on your eyes. Be sure to get your eyes checked every year and wear your glasses or contacts if recommended for driving. Wear sunglasses on bright days to prevent UV damage. Put in eye drops from time to time in order to keep your eyes hydrated and refreshed.
5. Minimize fuel consumption.
The amount of fuel you use will vary greatly from load to load. However, if you take care of your truck, you can impact your fuel consumption. Be sure to perform routine maintenance and check tire pressure levels before hitting the road. Also, try and maintain a 30-inch gap or less between the truck and trailer. Studies have shown that any gap over 30 inches can drastically reduce gas mileage.
These are just a few New Year’s resolutions that you can easily implement to make your life as a truck driver healthier and more enjoyable. For more helpful tips and class schedules, contact America Truck Driving School today