How Truckers Pass Time on Long Hauls

How Truckers Pass Time on Long Hauls

Truckers work very long hours and spend a lot of time sitting. You do have to pay attention to the road, but there may still be hours of nothing but Interstate to see, and not much to pay attention to. While long haul truckers do need to pay attention, they may need distractions to stay awake or to help them focus on the things that matter. It is important to find ways to keep one’s mind engaged to pass the time and deal with the boredom of hours and hours of driving without a stop.

Having things to do, or things to pay attention to while working as long haul truckers can help you stay awake and can make the long trips more bearable. 

Audio 

One way to pass the time is to do things that will engage your mind and improve your life. Audiobooks are one option. There are a lot of books available as recordings. There are also classes you can take, and you can listen to lectures as you drive. Whether its entertainment or education, having something to listen to can be a great help.

Music

Most vehicles have a CD player, but you may want to bring your own, with your own earphones. This way two people can listen to different music. There is also satellite radio, which is an option. Several online options are also available for music. You can also bring your own collection along. You could even borrow some music and expose yourself to some new kinds of music.

Video

Obviously not while you are driving, but having a video player, or even playing them on your computer is another good way to pass the time in an enjoyable way. Watch your favorite old movies or discover some new ones.  You can also bring along a video game player, which does not take up much room, and play your favorite games. Video games, or even watching videos, can be a great stress reliever and help you relax when you are not driving.

Exercise

Rules to keep you from driving around the clock are there for your protection but at the same time, it can get boring. One option is to get some exercise.  Something as simple as taking a walk can help, and after sitting all day behind the wheel, long haul truckers need exercise. Carrying some small weights can also help you get some exercise when you can’t get outside.

See the country

Often there are tight schedules and you don’t have a lot of time for sightseeing. It is also hard to get a tractor around places where tourists go. With a little planning, however, you can do some exploring when you go to various places around the country.  Renting a car for the day, if you have a long layover, is one option. There are often small tours you can take that will take care of the transportation as well. While on the road you can research via your WiFi connection, the places where you are going to. Doing research on places is a good way to pass the time while on the road.

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