Tips for Truck Driving This Holiday Season
Updated: Sep 14
Another year has come and gone, and it's already the holiday season. Now, more than ever, truck drivers are racking up some extra miles to make sure that everyone else has their Christmas lights displayed and their gifts on Christmas morning. The holiday season would be nothing without truck drivers across the nation, so we have put together some tips about how truck drivers can get through the 2019 holiday season!
Don't check the calendar!
The holidays are about spending time with your family and friends, and that doesn't have to be on December 25th. Just because you aren't home on a certain date, doesn't mean you need to miss out. Create your own family traditions and schedule your holiday activities around when you'll be home instead. You'll still get to spread some holiday cheer AND it'll be even more special.
Truck drivers work as deliveries are required. If you are working over the holiday season, it's important to stay open and flexible - for your work and your personal life. Avoid making any solid plans before you know if you'll be on the road or not. It's better to tell someone you won't be able to make their event because you'll be working, than accepting an invitation only to cancel last minute.
Check the weather
What's worse than driving over the holidays? Driving over the holidays into bad weather. Depending on where you are driving, the weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you check it before you travel so that you can plan your trip and pack appropriately. If you don't check the weather before you leave, you may end up taking the wrong route and it'll end up costing you a lot more money.
Stay connected with your family at home
Although you may not physically be there, you can be there with technology. Send pictures of the cool things you see on your hauls, funny videos you find on social media, and most importantly use video calling to stay in touch. Although, you may be on a screen, you can still sit down at the dinner table with your family and feel like you're there.
Connect with other drivers
You may feel alone, but you're not the only truck driver on the road away from their family. Spread some holiday cheer while you're on the road. Share a meal with another truck driver and talk to the truck stop employees - they're also away from their families. Try to stop at the most festive stops you can on your hauls to brighten up your day.
Keep your spirit high this holiday season. Although it may not seem cheerful while you're away from your family, just remember all the smiling faces on Christmas morning are because of you. We hope these tips make your day better and we wish you all a happy holiday and safe driving this season. We appreciate you!