Truckers need vacations, too. Just as much as everyone else. In fact, maybe more.
Virtually everyone experiences stress with their job. However, truckers have an unusual amount of stress in their work, on a daily basis.
They work very long days. There are many stresses they must endure, as it is part of their driving job.
There’s stress from heavy traffic volume, adhering to the H.O.S., the D.O.T., the demands of shippers and receivers, a multitude of rules and regs to follow, dispatchers, and bad weather to name a few.
Most people solve their high stress problems by taking regular vacations. Taking regular vacations is not a common habit among truck drivers, even though they encounter more on the job stress than the average worker.
The Importance of Time Off for Professional Drivers
I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of taking some time off work, in order to get away from the stresses of the job.
A 34 hour reset simply doesn’t qualify as a break from work. Often time on the reset is spent with the truck…. that is NOT a break from the job.
Studies show that truck drivers need to be away from the truck and the job for at least 5 days, to start unwinding and relaxing.
It’s important to take time off to spend with family or friends, and take some time for yourself.
It’s a serious mistake I made in my trucking career. I worked far too much and didn’t spend enough time at home with my family. Instead of making more money for the extra work I did, it really just added up to a lot more stress for me and my family. To this day, my kids still resent the time I was away on the road.
With the electronic logs and the restricted hours of service, it isn’t possible to work longer hours to increase your revenue. Driver wages are somewhat lame now anyway, so any extra work you do, isn’t going to pay off as well as it should.
You may think you can’t afford a vacation. However, the truth of the matter is, you can’t afford ‘not to take a vacation’.
Truckers Need Vacations – Start Saving Money For Your Next Vacation
Truckers do need vacations, in spite of the fact that trucking companies and dispatchers don’t think so.
Save a little money from each pay. Set it aside for this purpose. It’s an easy way to budget for funds for some time off. An expensive holiday isn’t the only way to relax and enjoy life.
Plan a hiking adventure, fishing trip or camping close to home. No need to travel far to have a decent break from trucking.
As a professional driver, it’s your responsibility to arrange for sufficient time off between runs or a block of time off after being out on the road for long periods of time.
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You are responsible to be relaxed and refreshed, when behind the wheel.
Think of a vacation as an investment in your mental health.
The truck will ALWAYS be there when you return.