Trucking During the Holidays

For most people, they just assume they’ll get the holidays off to spend time with their family. For truckers, they have to make the deliveries as the shippers require. If you’re an OTR trucker, your schedule is at the mercy of other people.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your holidays. Here are some tips to help make the holidays and working through them a little more bearable.

  • Schedule days with your family when you ARE home. If you celebrate Christmas but you won’t be home until December 26th, see if your family members will celebrate with you. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than not spending quality time with the people you love.
  • Spread cheer. It sounds silly, but being kind WILL make you feel better. From the cashiers at the gas station to the dock managers, everyone else is stuck working, too. Buy some candy canes and pass them out to the people you encounter. You’ll be surprised by how much small gestures like that can mean to people.
  • We wrote a blog about this; stay connected. Take advantage of technology. From Skype to FaceTime, Marco Polo to WhatsApp… there are a ton of free video and messaging services that make staying connected a lot of fun. Read more about the ways you can stay connected here:

Spreading holiday cheer!