Trucking During Christmas - How to Spend the Holiday's on the Road
Updated: Mar 16
With the holiday's in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing racking up some miles on Christmas; truck drivers aren't far behind him. For the rest of the world, Christmas is a time to take off work to relax with family and friends, open presents, and eat lots of food. But, for Christmas to work as everyone expects, truck drivers must deliver the goods to make it happen. This means that truck drivers are usually on the road working when everyone else is sitting around the Christmas tree.
So, in order to keep everyone's spirits high and jolly for the holidays, we have put together some tips for trucking during Christmas.
Don't pay attention to what the calendar says
The calendar may say December 25th, but the holidays are about spending time with your family and friends. So, whether you celebrate Christmas on December 20th or December 30th, if you get to spend time with your loved ones, it's all the same. Just because you aren't home on the specific date, doesn't mean you should miss out on the holiday all together. Create you own special family tradition by celebrating when you're home.
Connect with other drivers
You're not the only driver on the road during the holidays. Find company at truck stops - share a meal with a fellow trucker, talk to the truck stop employees, and spread some holiday cheer on your haul. They are all working the holiday too, so try and make it enjoyable for all of you. Stop at truck stops that really try and make drivers feel welcome during the holiday, it will make a difference to your day.
Take advantage of technology
Just because you might not be physically with you family and friends during the holidays, doesn't mean you can't share the experiences with them. You can video chat with your family around the table or when presents are being opened to make you feel like you're at home with them. Use social media to join in with the celebrations and feel like you're right there. There is no shortage of videos and photos to share the holiday experiences.
When it comes to planning holiday activities, make sure you are flexible. Don't over plan events when you are not sure if you can make it or not. You family and friends will appreciate you a lot more if you make plans last minute that you know you can attend, rather than having made plans months in advance just to let them down because you won't be in town at the time.
Most importantly: keep your holiday spirit
"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear." Play Christmas carols on the radio when you're driving. Wear your Santa Clause hat. Hang some tinsel and a wreath in your truck. Have a Christmas air freshener and eat candy canes. Do what you need to do to stay festive ... maybe even treat yourself to something special as a Christmas gift - a night in a hotel or a meal at a nice restaurant - whatever might the day better for you.
We know it's not easy being away from your family and friends for the holidays, so we hope these tips help you have the best day possible. Porter Billing Services wishes you a Happy Holiday & safe driving!
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