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Trucking tips during the 2020 holiday season

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

2020 has been a tiring year for people all over the world. While many people have been out of work or working from home due to COVID-19, truck drivers have not stopped working. They've still been driving the highways to keep store shelves stocked, medical supplies stocked, and packages delivered to our doorsteps.

Truck drivers are racking up some extra miles this year to ensure everyone else has their packages on time for the holidays. A lot more people are shopping online this year, meaning truck drivers are extra busy this season. We know the holidays can be hard when they are not spent with loved ones, so we have put together some trucking tips to help you get through this 2020 holiday season.

Stay flexible

When you're working over the holiday season, it's important to stay flexible in your work and personal life. When you stay flexible, you can take advantage of available work shifts and drive unwanted routes. While you're on the road, you can also pick up extra work to get you from one destination to the next. Don't make any solid plans in your personal life until you know when you'll be off the road - it's never fun to cancel.

Always check on the weather before getting on the road

There's nothing worse than driving in bad weather, especially when you're driving a big rig. If you're driving in states where the weather is unpredictable or known to get bad, check it before getting on the road. If you know you're going to be driving into bad weather, you can plan and pack accordingly. Bad weather can use all sorts of delays, so check it to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation or losing money.

Stay connected with your family and friends while on the road

It can get lonely while you're on the road. Technology can help make you feel like you're with your family at special events or eating dinner together. Take advantage of facetime and video calls and create online Christmas cards to help keep your spirits high.

Take care of yourself

Working over the holidays can be a stressful and frustrating time, especially when handling heavy workloads on your own. It is extremely important to take care of your mental state by knowing when to stop and rest and knowing when to ask for help.

Keep your spirits high this holiday season. No one would have made it through this challenging year without truck drivers.

From the Porter family to yours, Happy Holidays & thank you for keeping the highways moving.

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