It’s not just a new year, but a new decade. To celebrate, we’ve collected some popular New Year Resolutions for Truckers that you might consider adopting for yourself in 2020:
1. Eat Healthy
It can be hard to stay healthy on the road, so be proactive with your diet in the new year by stocking up on healthy food to bring with you, from pre-washed veggies and fruit to lean meat like chicken that you can easily cook on a portable grill. For more information, read our article about easy healthy recipes for truckers.
2. Stay Connected
Trucking is often a lonely profession, so it’s important to keep in touch with friends and family. In 2020, commit to more phone-calls, Facetimes, letters, and postcards. Your loved ones will appreciate it, and you will too. To learn more about how you can stay connected on the road, click here.
3. Get Better Sleep
Drowsy driving is dangerous driving — 17% of fatal crashes are attributed to drowsy driving — so it’s essential that you get sufficient sleep in the new year. A great resolution would be to avoid stimulants too close to bedtime, develop a relaxing pre-sleep routine, or other strategies to improve sleep. Dive deeper with our insights on trucker sleep.
4. Prioritize Safety
There’s nothing more important in 2020 than your personal health and safety, so it’s a good idea to commit to following all safety procedures and truck inspection checklists, helping you avoid breakdowns and accidents. Additionally, be sure to keep yourself buckled-up, alert, and distraction-free while driving. For more information, review safety recommendations from the NTSB, or check out how to stay bright-eyed while driving.
It’s likely no surprise that 70% of truckers are overweight or obese. Eating right is a big part of fixing that, and so is exercising, which is possible to do while on the road. Sit-ups and crunches, simple cardio, push-ups and planks, strength training, and stretching/yoga can all be worked into a trucking lifestyle. To learn more, review some of our easy exercises for truckers.
6. See Something, Say Something
While on the move, human-traffickers seek to sell their victims – often children – at places like truck and rest stops, motels, gas stations, and loading docks. This puts them into the transient world of truckers who are able to heroically alert authorities and save lives. In the new year, you can resolve to learn the signs of human trafficking and commit to contacting authorities if you see anything suspicious. Dive deeper with an overview of Truckers Against Trafficking.
7. Make the Most of Time Off
One of the best ways to stay refreshed and recharged while on the road is to make sure you time off is filled with fun, fulfilling, and relaxing activities. In 2020, you could pursue a hobby, whether it’s playing golf, flying drones, going hunting, or playing video games. If you have a family, spend as much time with them as possible, from hanging out at home to going on a week-long vacation or local one-day adventures.
8. Keep the Cab Clean
Keeping the cab tidy can be one of the easiest things to overlook or put off when on the road, but picking things up and doing some quick cleaning can really transform the driving experience. A clean rig is better for your physical health, puts you in a professional and productive mindset, and gives you more space in the cab, so it’s certainly a good goal to consider in the new year.
9. Maintain Mental Health
Successful truck driving means getting the job done while also taking care of yourself. Trucking can be stressful and lonely, so — just like you should monitor your physical health — keep tabs on your mental wellbeing in 2020. Improve your job and life satisfaction by following helpful tips for maintaining your mental health.
10. Make the Cab More Homey
Driving is a tough profession, with long hours in the cab, so any chance for truckers to settle in and make the interior of their vehicle a little more cozy is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. There are lots of ways to feel at home in the cab; take this opportunity to figure out which ones work best for you and your rig in the new year.
Those are just a few of the popular 2020 New Year Resolutions we’ve heard from truckers. With creative and productive goals, we could very well be heading into the best year — and the best decade — ever for the trucking industry. We’d also love to hear from you — let us know what your new year resolutions are in the comments below.