The Trucker’s Dilemma

When it comes to being a trucker, a few things come to mind. First of all, we think of sitting, all but motionless, in the driver’s seat of a big rig, 18 wheeler, semi, etc. driving for miles upon miles across wide swathes of land. Secondly, we think of truck stops as being being kind of gross. This is a large part of of the unglamorous lifestyle of the trucker, but it is a thankless job that someone’s got to do, as it is part and parcel with the infrastructure of our modern world of convenience. IF you find yourself living this life, you may find yourself in need of some help to shoulder the weight of this responsibility. Here are some tips to help you out.

First and foremost, since you will be driving so long without stopping, as you need to make strict deadlines, you’ll want to prioritize comfort. After all, discomfort can add undue stress to a situation, and that stress is magnified when your entire job is sitting. Therefore, you’ll want to build a strong foundation for comfort into your work preparation. The stereotypical trucker is clad in blue jeans, a flannel shirt, work boots, and a baseball cap. This is the opposite of comfort, in my mind, and so we need an alternative. Instead of jeans, which are too rigid to be comfortable, you’ll want something softer and more flexible. With the shirt, you’ll probably want a simple tee shirt, whether long sleeved or short sleeved. As for the hat, it’s whatever works best for you. I prefer either no hat or a beanie, myself, but no hat wins out most of the time, so my opinion on this matter is half formed at best. Lastly, there is footwear. For a job so heavy in sitting, you can afford to go with footwear that prioritizes comfort over durability and support, so my recommendation would be canvas shoes. L.L. Bean can help you find a comfortable outfit for the road.

The other big concern for truckers is fatigue. We never really talk about this fact, but trackers have a tough lot in life, because the long hours spent driving are a bizarre mix of exhausting and relaxing, and so staying awake becomes a major struggle in the dead of night. It’s important, then, to stay awake and alert. Coffee is one way to accomplish this, but coffee dehydrates us, so it would ideally be paired with water. That, and cold water could counter balance the sleep inducing warmth of coffee, increasing the effectiveness of the caffeine in helping you stay awake.

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