In an increasingly globalized world, more and more people are in need of goods and services only created in certain parts of the world. We need hundreds of thousands of teams of drivers, haulers, and truckers to connect cities, provinces, and countries. Without truck drivers – without the men and women who set about driving around this country, sacrificing the luxuries of home, family, and friends for weeks at a time – entire industries would be non-existent.
To say that we rely on truck drivers is an understatement. To say that we would fare poorly without the trucking industry is a trivialization. Our world needs truck drivers, and our industries, economies, and markets would collapse without the people who make sure that we have the parts, goods, and services we need.
Life on the road – far away from home, far away from family
For a lot of drivers, the chance to hit the road, meet new people, and discover new parts of the country is an incredible opportunity. There are few professions on Earth that allow as much of a chance to explore and discover as truck driving.
While the chance to travel is exciting, however, many first-year truck drivers quickly learn how demanding the truck driver lifestyle can be. Being away from home – for as long as truck drivers typically are – is a major on-the-job stressor. Not being able to see one’s family, friends, or children for weeks on end can be quite taxing.
Thankfully, with the advent of modern communications technology – like mobile phones, video calling, and instant messaging – the stresses of homesickness can be alleviated. A mobile phone and a laptop – to stay connected with both the personal and professional world – is a must for any truck driver.
Maintaining the equipment; the right parts for the job
New truck drivers quickly learn that there are two massively important machines that always need to run smoothly: the truck and the human body. The human body is a fine-tuned machine that requires precise measurements of nutrients and relaxation to remain functional. With the excitement of a new job, and the excitement of seeing a new place, first-time truck drivers can easily forget to take care of themselves. Remaining properly hydrated, eating regularly, and taking breaks is necessary for ensuring that both you and your cargo arrive safely. Thankfully, many truck stops contain amenities like showers, dining halls, and bunks for drivers looking to unwind after a long day of driving.