You can transform your life any day of the year, but for many, the start of a new year presents a perfect opportunity to resolve to make changes. Use the truck driver New Year’s Resolutions below to get your year in gear and build some momentum toward the life you want.
1. Drive accident-free
Do more thorough pre-trip inspections, keep better following distance, don’t speed — whatever you have to do to strive for an accident-free year, do it. Remember, you can’t control motorists around you, and you’re the professional truck driver.
2. Make better use of time
Refine your ability to accurately set Estimated Times of Arrival (ETA) and Next Available Times (NAT). Your personal efficiency is a key variable in your pay potential. While you’re on the road, listen to a helpful audio book, find a podcast that connects with you or tune into a go-to radio station for a quick pick-me-up.
3. Improve relationships at home
Set up times to call family members when you are not behind the wheel, extend your reach through a variety of social media channels and create a specific plan for the time you do get at home.
4. Sleep better
Consider sleep when planning your trip and work with your dispatcher. If sleep apnea is or could be an issue, get checked for it. It’s free under Schneider’s medical plan.
5. Get healthier
Eliminate candy bars at truck stops, pack some fruit or vegetables in a cooler and stretch for a few minutes before and after a delivery. Want to develop a more formal plan? Check out the Top 5 Ways Truck Drivers Can Develop Healthy Habits on the Road.
What New Year’s Resolutions have worked for you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year?