We know why you like driving long hauls. There is good money in it. But the tradeoff is you are away from home for days, even weeks at a time. So the trick is to find ways to make the cab of your truck as much like home as possible. Yes, we know the well-loved recliner won’t fit, but a lot of other things will.
Just Chill Out
Are you having trouble eating well while on the road? If you are stopping at fast food joints for a couple of meals a day, that can take a toll on your health. We know the hours are long and you have to keep to a schedule, so installing a small refrigerator in your cab can be a life saver. You can keep bottles of water cold, and healthy food will stay good for days. Also, if you have leftovers from a stop along the trip, you don’t have to toss them at the restaurant, which can save you money in food costs on down the road.
Time to Warm it Up
So now you have those awesome leftovers, ramen noodles, canned soup or instant coffee. Thankfully, you can purchase a small microwave that fits well inside the cab of your truck. It is so important to stay hydrated and well nourished when you are responsible for yourself, a long haul truck and its contents. You need to be sharp, and having some nourishment along the way is a huge plus.
Where Are My Gloves?
This time of year, the weather can be very fluky. Strong winds can be a challenge on the road, as can other changing weather patterns in different parts of the country. Have you heard the saying “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb.” Well, that depends. It does mean that you can expect some dramatic changes in the weather as you go across the country, and you need to be prepared for it. You could start the day in sunny southern California and hit a snowstorm in the Texas panhandle. Boot brushes like we have at Fleet Oil & Truck Supply can make life easier, and your cab cleaner. So it makes sense to be prepared.
First things first: a First Aid Kit. First aid kits can be a little bit like fire extinguishers in your home. You see them every day but forget they are there...until you need them. Check your kit to make sure you have the necessities, and replace what has been used before.
Gloves: the importance of good work gloves can not be overstated. Find a pair that really fit well and buy a couple of pair. That way, when you are working on your rig, you won’t get your hands torn up in the process.
I Can See Clearly Now: How are your sunglasses? Polarized lenses have changed the game for drivers, especially long haul drivers, as they take the glare off the road. They can reduce the possibility of headaches from driving in the bright light. They come at all different price points. Find a pair that works well for you, and it probably makes sense to have a backup pair in your cab as well, just in case your original pair is sitting at a cafe at your last stop.
Are You Warm Enough?
As you know, the weather can change dramatically as your day moves across the country. When it is time to bed down for the night, you need to adjust to the temperatures by making sure you have enough warmth for the conditions. You can plug in an electric blanket, and pull on fleece socks and a warm cap to keep you comfortable all night long.
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