The old saying goes: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
We pick careers based on a lot of reasons like income, convenience, skill level and passion. Most truckers really love the work they do and yet this industry is plagued with depression. I believe there is one simple rule to follow in order to be happy in your truck driving career.
I believe if you are spending your entire life working, you should have a job which you enjoy. That’s why I chose trucking.
I knew I needed a job that I would never grown tired of. I knew I could look forward to driving each day when I was on the job as a professional driver. It was the type of work I loved.
I guess you could say I found my ‘happy place’ in my career and my ‘happy place’ within the trucking industry. Why is trucking my happy place? Because I chose the right niche for me.
Truck Driver Lifestyle – Which Niche is For You?
There’s a variety of niches within the industry: flat bed, reefer, tanker work, heavy haul, dry van, dump trailers, hazardous goods, car haulers, trucking on the ice roads and other types of specialty freight. Not to mention that you can choose between more broad styles of trucking like over the road trucking, short haul, regional or local.
Choosing the right type of trucking boils down to how far away from home you want to be. Each has its own perks, demands and pay range.
Living as a Truck Driver – THE STRESS MUST GO!
Stress is becoming a killer in our lives, particularly in those who drive a truck for a living.
Stress has crept into trucking but a trucking job should not be stressful.
If you are a competent professional truck driver, the driving should be easy to manage for you. There are those days that are a bit more stressful when you run across bad weather or heavy traffic situations. That is to be expected when you drive professionally for a living. Stress is a part of life but it shouldn’t be a daily part of life.
Most stress in truck life today originates from other people. It really isn’t the trucking that causes the stress. For many truck drivers, most of the stress in their lives originates from bad dispatchers, tight scheduling, grumpy customers, or low pay.
My advice is to remove the source of your stress. This may mean asking for a different dispatcher at your company. It could mean you need to seek out another trucking company which pays better or doesn’t impose such tightly scheduled strict delivery times.
It may mean asking to only do trips in a certain area. Driving in the eastern seaboard states for me was extremely stressful. I started to turn down trips to the north eastern states, and that relieved a tremendous amount of stress for me.
Life is too short to be stressed out throughout the entire duration of your truck driving career.
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Getting Back to Enjoying the Driving
Find your happy place in your trucking lifestyle and get back to the driving you truly enjoy.
Years ago, driving for a living was not a stressful career. Stressed out truck drivers seem to be a product of the newer generation of drivers.
However, there is no need to be super over stressed as a truck driver.
Isolate the source of your stress. Then eliminate these stressors in your job so you can go back to enjoy the trucking more.
You’ll be glad you’ve done this. Your body will thank you for it. You’ll sleep better. You’ll live longer. Overall, you will be happier and more contented. THESE things will also make you a better, safer driver.
Find out what is bugging you about your present driving job and try to eliminate that source of your stress.
Get back to enjoying the driving. That’s what a professional truck driving lifestyle is all about.
Your Happy Place in Trucking Will Change
I enjoyed over the road trucking best for most of my driving career. I did this for many years and for a long while it really suited my truck driving lifestyle. As my life changed though, I wanted something different where I was not away from home so much.
I decided to start doing shorter distance runs within a 60 mile radius of home. I like the shorter runs much better now that I’m older. They suit me better and I’m happier for it.
As life changes, your needs change. Your happy place in trucking may change too.
Finding Happiness in Your Truck Driving Lifestyle
Trucking isn’t just a career – it’s a lifestyle. It’s not a 9 to 5 that you can brush off at the end of the day if you feel stressed or dissatisfied.
It’s 24/7 life on the road depending on your route. That’s why it is so crucial to choose a style of trucking job that suits you. If long haul trucking is wearing you down, then you don’t have to give up on your career. You just need to modify it. Forget the stress. Choose a route that works for you.
Find your happy place in trucking and start enjoying the ride again.