I like to consider myself a bit of a bibliophile. No, that isn’t some strange disorder or phobia, it just means I really like to read books. We’ve talked about the variety of hobbies you can have on the road. Whether it’s YouTubing, exercising, or listening to podcasts, there are plenty of things you can do in your free time. However, I want to talk about my personal favorite, reading. There’s nothing like settling down with a good book and getting lost within the pages. The time seems to fly by as you find a sense of relaxation and calmness while you read. It doesn’t even have to be a great fantasy epic or horror novel, I truly believe there’s a book out there for everyone. Below we’re going to take a look at some of the best truck driver books you should consider reading.
Truck Driver Books
The Road Atlas
Let’s start with something a little unconventional. This blog isn’t going to just go over some fiction novels that we’d think you would like. We want to find books that are not only entertaining but helpful as well. This is why we’re kicking things off with the traditional road atlas. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve got my GPS device, why in the hell would I need a road map?” Well, the Atlas you might remember from the past has gotten a major upgrade. It’s not just a book of maps anymore. In fact, the current versions of an Atlas offer travel tips, points of interest, and a variety of other helpful teams. Whatever place you’re driving through, you’ll be able to learn about the area so you can enjoy it as much as you can.
When you sign on with a trucking company, most likely they’re going to provide a training manual for you to read through. While many might find this boring, it’s actually a great way to spend the time. If you know your company’s policies inside and out, this is going to reduce the chance that you make a mistake. We also encourage new drivers to grab a more basic manual like the e-book So You Want to Be a Truck Driver which gives a broad overview of what it takes to become a truck driver. These certainly aren’t the flashiest pieces of literature, but they’re practical and great for new drivers as well as any truckers who want to brush up on standard procedures and practices.
Maybe you’re looking for something more relatable, something that really highlights the trucker lifestyle. After all, truckers are a pretty close-knit bunch. This is why we suggest picking up a trucker memoir or a collection of true stories. Dive into one of these books and you’ll feel like you’re shooting the breeze with a seasoned trucker at a truck stop. We suggest taking a look at a book like On Thin Ice: Breakdowns, Whiteouts, and Survival on the World’s Deadliest Roads. Read about one trucker’s journey as he tackles some of the most treacherous roads in the world. The ice roads in Alaska have claimed many lives. During freezing season these truckers race across the frozen sea in order to make their deliveries. The potential for ice melt and slippery conditions make this arguably the most dangerous trucking gig in the world. This is just one of the many books that will put you right in the cab with a trucker as you read.
Whatever You Want
When it comes to truck driver books, our final suggestion is to read whatever the heck you want! Whether it’s an epic fantasy tale filled with dragons and other beasts, or a detailed history book covering the Civil War, these are just a few different reading options. Whatever you’re into, there’s most likely a book out there for you. So, it’s time to kick back, relax, and crack open a book. These truck driver books aren’t going to read themselves.
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