Most NTB drivers have a goal of over 3,000 miles per week or 100,000 miles in a year because it’s a well-known fact that if your truck is sitting idle, you aren’t making money. Waiting for a load to be ready, a route from dispatch to be assigned or a traffic backup to clear can seem like wasted time when you get paid by the miles driven. However, hurrying to make up for lost time won’t necessarily have the intended result. At NTB, our message is to get there safely while getting as many miles in as possible.
Make Good Use of Time Not Driving
Do an extra thorough inspection while you wait. Check fluid levels, wiring, tire pressure, and tread. Look for any wear or road damage to rims. Extra safety precautions will ensure you get to your next pick up without further delays.
Use the time to get some extra rest. If you are forced to wait a while, even a 20-minute nap can rejuvenate your body and mind, making you a safer driver who is ready for hours on the road. Driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol. A quick power nap will reduce the chance of feeling sleepy while behind the wheel.
Call or text someone you’ve been meaning to get in touch with. Keeping connections with friends and family can elevate your mood and help increase your energy. Making plans with friends gives a driver, who is away from home so much, something to look forward to.
Get your music playlist ready with some calming music or an audiobook you’ve been wanting to listen to. When you are back on the road, listening to something enjoyable will help get your mind off of any stressful events that have taken place.
Haste Makes Waste
Time spent hurrying is when mistakes are most likely to be made. Errors in judgment when rushing can result in even more downtime. So, even when your brain is telling you that you must rush, keep a safe pace. Take a deep breath and then let it all out. Reset your mind to getting things done without haste.
Focusing on your driving once you are on the road, rather than your destination or the frustration caused by being slowed down, can help calm your mind when stressed. Being mindful of the task at hand will get you there safely and in a timely manner.
The stress of waiting and knowing you are not earning during that time is real but manageable. We hope that the suggestions we’ve made can help reduce the anxiety it can produce. Comment below or on our Facebook Page with how you spend your time while waiting.
At NTB, we know that time is money. We will always work hard to keep you on the road so that you are earning.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
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