Ready or not, the festive season is in full swing. For truck drivers, this means more passenger car traffic on the roads and a delivery schedule that won’t slow down anytime soon, as they work to deliver merchandise to shelves across the country. And with an increase in the number of consumers making online purchases, store owners plus the shipping industry need even more trucks on the road to keep up with the delivery demands.
That said, it’s never easy to be away from your family and friends during the holiday season. So, let’s look at five tips to help truck drivers make the most of this festive season and ensure it’s full of cheer.
Truck drivers are known to spend lots of time on the road for a sizable part of the year—even during the holidays—yet this doesn’t imply they can’t bring a little festive cheer along for the ride. It can be as simple as decking out the exterior of their truck with lights or going with a subtle dash display. Decorating the truck is a sure way of bringing a bit of comfort, especially when they’re away from their family and friends this holiday season.
As in life, it’s the minute details that leave a lasting impression. Grand gestures are amazing, but it’s the small things you do for others that mean so much. Be sure to remember your drivers’ favorite snack, send them a holiday card, a warm meal. Perhaps this is also the ideal time to start a new holiday tradition for your truckers as a fleet manager.
A company party probably isn’t the best idea if your long haul drivers are still on the road. So, plan for alternative ways to celebrate with all truck drivers in mind. Create a festive atmosphere for a few days. For instance, you can have treats or simple gifts available to everyone, as they come in, under a tree at your facility. Add some decorations and music to stir up the mood. Though not outrightly a party, such a plan will make everyone feel part of the celebration.
As a truck driver, it’s hard to replace time spent with loved ones during the festive season. But in some settings, digital face-to-face communication is the next best thing. Even so, you will need to plan ahead, as the festive season is often a hectic time. By doing so, you will be sure to have a meaningful conversation with the other person.
Recommendations of digital tools to use when not driving include:
Can’t make it home on time for the holidays? Every driver has been there: in a remote town with little or nothing to do on those festive days. Sound familiar? Consider giving back by offering to help the less fortunate in society. Reach out to a homeless shelter or animal shelter and donate some of your time. Such a move may be just what you need to maintain perspective and boost positivity.
It’s no secret; commercial trucks are the only vehicles logging more miles over the festive season than Santa’s sleigh. But while a truck driver spends a lot of time on the road, this doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy good food, have a good conversation with their family/friends, or make new memories. Happy holidays from the team at Service Tire Truck Centers.