Truck drivers keep America moving forward, hauling almost 70 percent of all freight in the United States. From local to over the road, truck drivers spend countless hours making sure that goods get from point A to point B. However, many truck drivers find that those long hours can be extremely uncomfortable. So, if you’ve ever experienced a long, uncomfortable day or even month on the road, you might wonder how to be comfortable in your cab. While some people might think that this is impossible, it is not! With the proper preparation and product, there is no reason that you can’t enjoy your time on the road. Next time someone asks you how to be comfortable in your cab, send this article their way!
How to be Comfortable in Your Cab
1. Start With Your Sleeping Space
Regardless of where you work, you’re bound to be uncomfortable after a night of bad sleep. For truck driver’s who often have to sleep in their cab, it can be difficult to ever get a solid seven to eight hours. However, even if you can’t sleep for quite that long, having a comfortable bed can make whatever sleep you do get more restful. Unfortunately, the sleeping quarters in trucks are usually far from satisfying. You might want to consider investing in a high-quality mattress pad. Laying down on a bed that suits your preferences will definitely make your evenings on the road more enjoyable. Plus, when you’re well rested the next day in the driver seat will be much more manageable!
2. Consider Your Driver’s Seat
After your bed (and likely even before!), you probably spend most of your time in the driver’s seat. After all, when you’re working up to 70 hours in eight days, you’re going to be behind the wheel quite a bit. Obviously, seats are not necessarily as easy to make comfortable as your bed, but there are definitely things you can do to help. For example, you could add a seat cover with extra lumbar support. Sitting upright in the same spot for hours on end is likely to wear anyone down. However, with proper support, you’ll be able to feel good for longer during your drives. Otherwise, simple products like gel cushions can add to your overall driving experience.
3. Keep it Clean
Although keeping it clean means different things for different driver’s, we can all agree that some organization is nice. Keeping storage and convenience products in your cab is sure to prevent at least some unwanted clutter. However you choose to tackle the mess that is bound to accumulate when you spend some time living in the cab, you’ll feel more at home after you do. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house! It is always a good way to start the new year in your cab too.
4. Eat Well
Let’s face it, there are few things more frustrating than being hungry on the road with no snacks and a hundred miles ahead before your next stop. While fast food may be satisfying in the moment, you are much more likely to feel good in the long run if you have healthy meal and snack options easily accessible in your truck. Of course, this requires some additional planning and preparation before and during your trip, but it will be well worth it later on. Once you’re well fueled by a tasty and healthy home-made meal, you’ll be ready to tackle the rest of your journey head on!
Sticking to the same idea as tip number four, feeling good is one of the best ways to stay comfortable. Even though you spend a lot of time driving, getting some exercise on the road goes a long way! We know that this can be difficult, so consider some of these exercises specifically for truckers. Our very own Troy Thunder has great tips on how to stay fit on the road. Of course, there are many health benefits to staying in shape. However, one underrated reason to exercise is that it will help you stay comfortable day in and day out!
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