We learn a lot with each mile. And as the miles add up, we become veteran drivers with skills that set us apart. Truck driving offers some of the best opportunities in the world. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates, it is also filled with challenges that require expertise and driving experience.
The slogan, “If you bought it, then you know a trucker brought it,” means more than having milk on the shelf in the middle of a snow storm. Whether it is the moments spent driving on icy roads, navigating through regions engulfed by forest fires or rolling through some of the deepest floods, those experiences shape us in unique ways and make us more knowledgeable, prepared drivers.
As we look toward this upcoming year, we know so much rests beneath our hands. Because of that, it is time to once again sit up, take a deep breath and mentally prepare. We know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but your personal driving goals are obtainable with good planning and a positive mindset.
Decide to make it your best year ever and it will be. With that said, buckle up, stay alert and remember these things as we roll into 2015:
You are making better choices.
Our choices sometimes make the difference between life and death. Supply or No Supply. That’s why making good choices not only in how you drive but in how you take care of yourself matters. Simple things like drinking more water or making better food choices make significant differences. Remember that high school picture without the extra pounds, where you were looking super cool? Keep in mind that a healthy, happy appearance is not only achievable, it is maintainable.
Appreciate how valued you are, just the way you are.
A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t move forward unless you change it. Avoid toxic situations. We all know a “Billy Big Rigger” and a “Harvey Wallbumper.” Studies have shown that toxic people and bad influences can affect your day in ways that are harmful to your mental health, success and driving. Avoid or change your reactions to negative situations and watch how much your happiness improves.
Safer driving will help you manage stress.
We’ve all got stresses. Whether it is “Evel Knievel Shootin Ya in the Face” or a “Cheese Wagon” pulling out from nowhere, take a deep breath, relax and stay calm. With the training you’ve received from Millis, you are making better driving decisions and those choices will get you safely past any type of stressful situation tomorrow.
Do the Right Thing.
In cab computers and cell phones are great, but you should refuse to text and drive. You should also make time for rest so that you do not have to fill up on coffee or roll your window down in the freezing cold just to stay awake. Those little things make a big difference in your daily success. They may even save a life!
Remember to take a few minutes a day just for you.
Relax. Reach out to loved ones. See a movie. Do 20-30 minutes of physical activity every day. Once you do, the journey ahead will be more enjoyable and you’ll be more refreshed. That makes all the difference when someone hastily tries to “beat you to the spot.” You will not have to worry as you are making choices that help to keep you and others safe even when other drivers are not being so safe.
Make the most of the present moment.
As truck drivers, we see some of the most amazing sights in the world. Resolve to capture all the cool signs and funny scenes along the road. Remember weighing the wagon does not have to be a boring event. There are plenty of things that make the everyday activities of a trucker’s life more exciting. It all begins with you and whether you decide to see that tank as half full or half empty. This year…let’s make it full. Really full, with all the right stuff.
Life is a highway and there are plenty of amazing things out there along the way. Be safe, look out for your fellow drivers and enjoy the ride. 2015 is going to be an amazing year.
Millis Transfer trains and employs some of the best drivers in the world. Interested in being a part of our team? Find out about our available truck driving opportunities by calling (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.millistransfer.com.