There is a lot of opportunity for stress in trucking. You might as well count on it at some point. The good news about that is since you now know this, you can think in advance how you will deal with stressful situations so as not to let it have so much of a negative effect on you.
"Where does all of this stress in trucking come from?", you might ask.
You must remember, you will at times be 100's to 1,000's of miles away from home unable to get back for up to weeks. Often the person left at home was never in the position to handle all of the housing responsibilities and if there are kids parenting responsibility as well.
This is just issues from the home front! There are other areas to deal with......
Then there is the miscellaneous incidents that will show up over the road just as in life in general. Knowing this, the question is how will you allow these things to affect you. This will determine the level of stress that you will experience.
Also you might notice, that many of the items are also connected with each other. So if you have a problem with one, it could and in many cases, are likely to cause a problem in other areas. So you might see that some level of stress in trucking will be almost inevitable. Thus the importance of this page!
But don't despair, the fact that you are reading this puts you at a huge advantage as stated earlier, you can prepare now in many ways.
There are many ways to cope with stress, some of them will be discussed on another page linked at the bottom. On this page we will talk about developing certain habits which will help limit the degree and instances of stress that you would otherwise experience.
It's smart to do what is possible to avoid stress and learn about skills useful for coping with it before hand.
Here are a few tips for preventing stress in trucking...
Say early Friday, you get dispatched on a 1,000 mile trip for the weekend. It may be tempting to drag along a few hundred miles each day. However, I recommend you drive your max hours each day to get as close as destination as possible and then just chill on the last day.
Unless you have strategically planned to stop in route to spend time with family, friends, or at a place that you want to visit. However, if you have no plans to visit....you will relax much better on Sunday if you only have a few miles to left to drive and the rest of the day to kick back and read, write or to do whatever you like to do in leisure time.
On the other hand, you could goof off in the beginning of the weekend say Friday drive 200 miles, and then again on Saturday drive 200 miles telling yourself, "I only have 600 miles to get there, I can do that on Sunday easily."
But then what if you break down early Sunday after you have only traveled 100 miles? That means 500 miles to go after you spend all day in the shop. You may not even be able to legally do it, due to on duty hours for the day or total hours for the week.
Not only will you be unhappy and you will also say these exact words, "I wish I had driven further on Friday and Saturday."
Now depending on your thought process you might say, "No, it wouldn't bother me, they get it when they get it. It's not my fault." Well no it isn't a matter of fault but in life you think about how you can do things in better ways to give you better results. To put you in a better position.
Also, in this case the reality behind this is if you are late Monday, they might not take your load when you get there. You might have to wait until Tuesday to get an appointment. Or you might not get out the shop until Monday. So what that means is it will cut back on the miles that you could have had for the week. So NOW you see. If you don't care about the potential negative impact on the company waiting for the freight, think about what it could mean to your paycheck.
Also, if you do this often, (being late for any reason) then you will start getting crappy loads. Why? Because you are expendable. That is a common low quality driver. Any company can get those any day. A good driver on the other hand is hard to come by so you get the best loads. Which work ethic is stressful and which is not?
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