All truckers know how boring a long drive can be. When you don’t have to be alert all the time due to bad weather conditions or heavy traffic, driving is easy and, well, dull. Music and audio books are the obvious solutions, but even they become boring over time. Here are a few innovative things you can do to enjoy your time on the road.
- Learn a New Language
Don’t roll your eyes and say that you always hated school. Learning something new is essential to the drivers since their work is often monotonous. Did you know that people who don’t flex their brains on a regular basis have memory problems when they get older and suffer from depression? Learning something new is a great way to exercise your brain power. Download some lessons and listen to them for at least an hour a day. You’ll start speaking a new language in just a few months.
Did you know you could exercise when you are in the driver’s seat? All you have to do is flex your muscles. This is a great way to get a flat stomach or stronger arms. Besides being a great approach to keeping yourself in shape, exercising while driving can help you avoid drowsiness. So pump up your muscles and keep yourself from falling asleep at the same time.
Warning: While most exercises designed for drivers don’t take up much of your attention, make sure to practice them before going out on the road, so you can get a hang of them.
- Become a Storyteller
Truckers spend a lot of time on their own. What’s a better opportunity to tell a story? Practice your declamatory skills while on the road. You can either come up with something new or tell stories from your life. Who knows, maybe you’ll come up with real masterpieces that will be worth publishing. But most likely you’ll just have a lot of fun and won’t notice the time passing.
- Quiz Yourself
Another great way to flex your brain muscle while staying alert on the road is to test yourself. Download audio quizzes or trivia with more or less simple questions and spend the time guessing the answers. Don’t go for anything too complicated since it might divert your attention from the road.
- Call Someone
A great way to pass the time is to give someone a call (if you have a hands-free system, of course). A long road is a wonderful time not to just call your parents, kids or your partner but to remember some friends or acquaintances whom you should have called long ago just to say “hi”.
- Pull Over
If you feel like you are going out of your mind with boredom, pull over and get out of the truck. Perhaps your brain just needs a bit of fresh air to keep functioning normally. Walk around your truck a couple of times and start from the top of the list.