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How do health-conscious truckers cook meals on the go? (PLUS other newbie questions)

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Jonathan Bailey's Comment
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What on-the -go provisions are there for:

1. refrigeration? 2. cooking, kitchen, stoves? 3. washing dishes, pots and pans? 4. food storage?

This question is for long-haul truckers.

I don't know how often American long-haul truckers return home.

How often do short-haul American drivers usually return home by the way?

Would an older (50+) American military veteran have an easier time landing a short-haul position than a young person? A short-haul position would seem to be more favorable to older people especially pet owners. I can't take on any trucking occupation unless it can accommodate a healthful overall lifestyle. I hear all too often of American truckers in poor health. I care more of my health than what money can be made as a driver.

I am a lifetime bachelor and a dog owner: no family life. If I were to be away from home long time on the job, I would be stuck with the costs of a pet sitter. If there is no room for pet ownership in this trade, then trucking is not my cup of tea.

Frankly, I feel American railroads should haul the overwhelming majority of freight for the most miles over land and trucking should carry it up to perhaps the first or last 5 to 250 miles from and to the customers on the ends. Inter-modal, road-railers and piggy back is a boon for this.

The vast majority of on-road truck transport should be local or regional: between the rail/ship/air terminal and the end customer. This would also afford a better quality of life for most truck drivers. A lot of short trips during the work week, returning home virtually daily, and damn few coast-to-coast turnarounds. I say let the train men live on the steel roads like gypsies.

I also feel drivers for construction companies will be closest to home the most amount of time. These drivers haul heavy equipment and raw materials as dirt, soil, gravel, sand and concrete for civil engineering and construction projects. How tough are construction driving positions to land?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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