Truck Driving Tips: How to deal with stress on the road

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Written by Mike Skliar

Stress is a normal part of life. But for truck drivers, things are much worse. Every day they have to deal with distracted drivers, strict deadlines, weather conditions, and sleep problems, etc. And at the end of such a rough working day, they can’t come home and spend time with their loved ones. They have to stay behind the wheel of a truck. But there are few simple tips that could really improve truckers’ daily lives.

Start an exercise routine

It is not healthy to stay in one position for long periods of time. So it is very important to stop and have a rest. It would be great to stretch for several minutes,  walk around and take deep breaths to relax. Thinking about on-the-road fitness? Don’t forget to consult your doctor before starting a new sport routine. 

Eat Healthily

Mental health is directly related to physical health. So it is really important to eat as healthy as you can. And you will immediately feel the changes in your body. Because the right diet can reduce stress levels. Forget about junk food and take steps to eat healthier.

Get a sufficient amount of quality sleep

Falling asleep quickly can be a real challenge for a trucker. But without proper rest, it is almost impossible to remain attentive on the road and stress-resistant. So do everything you can to make your truck more comfortable for good sleep. And if you have trouble breathing while sleeping, be sure to see your doctor. It could be sleep apnea, which means you need qualified help. Otherwise, you may even lose your CDL.

Plan your route

It is important to feel that you can control your life. So before starting your route, plan it carefully. Getting lost on the road, being late with deliveries, or being stuck in traffic for a long time can be really annoying. So use GPS, plan your road trip, check for heavy traffic jams and feel stressless. 

Know what actually relaxes you

It is critically important to know what really helps you to relax. Because sometimes after doing some “relax” activity you may feel even more stressed. Like after scrolling Twitter or Facebook feed, or watching some Netflix series. Or even meditation! If you only do it because someone advised you, but in fact, you find it boring or useless. Maybe you feel peaceful after talking with family, or when you are trucking with a pet. The other ideas are breathing exercises, listening to podcasts, or favorite playlist. Just think a little bit and find your go-to relaxation activity. 

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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