5 Realities of Life on the Road for Truck Drivers
This is a guest blog written by Nadeem Ghori for CDL Knowledge. Nadeem Ghori is the Content Manager and Web Developer at Webplex Inc. with over ten years of professional experience. He’s an expert in e-learning and online course generation.
When it comes to choosing a career, a life on the road as a truck driver may seem like the perfect move. The freedom of the open highway, good wages and the opportunity to see every corner of the country beckons many to take this lucrative career path every year. But, as with anything in life, with the positives come negatives, too.
1. You’ll Be Away… A Lot!
This may seem like an obvious part of being a truck driver but when you really consider what it means to be away from home, you may rethink your career options. Most truck drivers can’t fully determine their schedules, so missing birthdays, family get-togethers and other major events are par for the course.
2. Burnout Is Real
Many truck drivers work huge hours with minimal days off during stints out on the road. While there are laws determining what is considered safe in terms of driving hours, sometimes burnout is inevitable. With the knowledge that they’re getting paid by the mile, some truck drivers end up working under conditions that are not conducive to keeping stress and burnout at bay.
Most truck drivers sleep in the cab of their truck and don’t get as much sleep as they would in their own bed at home. Often, they drive at night so they can reach their destination without traffic hindering them, which in turn, flips their body clock, making it harder to sleep when they do try.
3. Forget About Creature Comforts
Truck drivers generally have to make do with what they’ve got in their cab and what they can find on the road. There are no creature comforts here!
4. Relationships Can Be Hard
Maintaining a relationship can be extremely challenging when you’re away all the time. That’s not to say relationships will not work between truck drivers and their loved ones at home, but it does add another layer of complexity to life on the road.
5. Staying Healthy Can Be A Challenge
Being on the road can often lead to a somewhat unhealthy lifestyle. Often you’re at the mercy of what you can pick up at gas stations and diners for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many truck drivers do have a small fridge or pantry in their trucks, but space for fresh fruits and vegetables and the option for a home-cooked meal is not realistic. But it’s not just about what truck drivers eat, it’s about when.
So many drivers just want to get to their next destination and they frequently skip meals or eat at random times during the day.