This way of life takes planning, and as a trucker, there is no such thing as a dull day. Everyday occurrences that many people don’t think twice about (laundry, using the restroom, or getting a snack) amplify in difficulty.
Knowing that one isn’t going to be around a facility soon requires the driver to think forward about their schedule. Whether it’s showering or taking a rest, stops will be needed. Unfortunately, thinking forward doesn’t protect drivers from mother nature or a detour.
With this, the only consistent aspect of trucking is the inconsistency. Weather can change dramatically, customers can change or forget to update an address, an accident can block a road, or a route can change. Being flexible is a must. As a trucker, when the weather is not aggregable, one needs to put aside their schedule and keep in mind one’s own safety. Often, a trucker can begin in a warm city and end up in the snow within the same week. With winter around the corner, it is important that truckers keep in mind that ice and high winds are dangerous and taking a rest to wait out a storm isn’t always a bad thing.
Trucking is a style of living that provides a freedom. Unfortunately, with that freedom, there is also an adjustment that is required to become accustomed to such a life. As a trucker, one gets to make their own decisions on how long or far to drive. The length of the week is at the mercy of the driver. This is great for those who are independent and excellent at time management.
The trucker lifestyle is not for everyone, but for those who decide to take up the career can take advantage of an extraordinary life that can be what one makes it.