The Christmas Holiday is a season that guarantees a good size paycheck for trucking companies, but it can be a difficult time for the drivers and their families as they are on the road for nearly the entire month of December. The stress and loneliness can be tough but there are a few things a truck driver can do to stay positive and ease the sorrow of the Christmas Holiday season.
Reschedule Christmas Day
If you have to be on the road during the Holiday don’t let that prevent you from being home with your family, reschedule your celebration!
Stay Positive by Thinking of Long-Term Advantages
Working over the Christmas Holiday is not always fun but it’s extra money in your pocket. This will especially be good when the freight slowdown hits in January and when taxes are due in April. Once you receive the invoices from your customer, or your freight factoring company, be sure to take the extra necessary steps to save your money!
Technology is on Your Side
Always remember to video chat with your friends and family. Even though you’re not with them in person, a face-to-face video call make a huge difference! You can also monitor social media during your breaks to stay connected to your friends.
Treat Yourself to a Nice Meal
If you’re on the road Christmas Day, treat yourself to a nice meal from a local diner. Consider splurging on a dessert or an extra side that you normally wouldn’t allow yourself to order. Even though it’s not your normal home cooked meal, it’ll give you something to enjoy while you’re on the road.
Surprise Family with Christmas Gifts
Before you get into your truck, hide special gifts or notes around that house to surprise your loved ones. It takes some extra time and effort, but your loved ones will see that and appreciate it.
Bring a Co-Pilot
If you have the opportunity, and a large enough 18 wheeler, bring along your significant other or one of your children to spend Christmas with on the road. It’s a fun way to transform a work trip into a sightseeing vacation in which you spend quality time with a loved one.