Sleeping In The Truck Without Being Bothered?

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Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
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I'm concerned i won't get any normal sleep driving OTR. Always having in the back of my mind someone can knock on your door in the middle of the night wether it be another driver, a lot lizard, a cop whoever. Then you have to worry about someone trying to break in at night. At home when i go to bed i get in my sweatpants and bury myself on the covers. In a truck on the road i don't think i could ever feel that comfortable and i probably would sleep in my jeans all time ready for the unexpected. This is one thing that has me second guessing this as a career.

How well do you sleep? And how often are you bothered in your truck when you are sleeping? Do you get all relaxed like you would at home?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TreeTheTrucker's Comment
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Well I'm training with a trainer doing local runs before They can find me an OTR trainer, and I sleep in the truck at the truck stop every night with no problems. The only sounds I hear are the cars and trucks on the highway next to me and the trucks coming in at night either to park or to get gas no cops, and no lot lizards. The only problem I had was the headlights but a simple curtain fixed all of that. So while it won't be as comfortable as your bed back home, it's feasible for a good nights rest(comfortably. Just my opinion in my experience tho...

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Idaho noob 's Comment
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Earplugs or earbuds with soft nature sounds or a creek. Then sleep with one of those mini bats that are heavily weighted at one end. Sleep with peace in mind. I would prefer a 45ACP but with all the crazy ass random stupid laws out there unless you know your lane its hard to carry perfectly legally. Need to know laws in each state you pass through and whether your CWL works there or not yadda yadda.

If you cant stand stuff on your ears get one of those mini fans that clip on to things and run it on high at night near you to drown out sounds. I sleep like a baby anywhere I go because I take a loud fan. Not on the road yet but I will have a small fan and will make sure its a nice loud Brmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lol.

The hum of a fan should help anyone sleep and avoid hearing background nuisances.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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I've been OTR since January and sleep well on the road. I invested in a good mattress exactly like the one at home.

Only had my door knocked on once. After I told her no and she went away, I called the truck stop & told em they might wanna have the cops make a round.

Most people @ the truck stops are trying to rest up just like you.

Only time I had an issue was stopped @ rest area and get a 30 minute nap. Two UPS drivers decided to pull up next to me and while working out with weights right outside my sleeper, had a loud conversation. I couldn't sleep and moved on after my break.

Hang in there.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You're worrying way too much. You'll also learn quickly which truck stops aren't as reputable but the majority of the large chains do work pretty hard to keep things clean and legit. Don't forget, they're here for us but they don't survive without our revenue so it's in their best interest to keep a good rep.

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Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Never had any issues for 7+ months. No lot lizards, no cops, no obnoxious neighbors, nothing. Don't stress about it.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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I'm not too stressed about those thoughts. I'll definitely have a fan or a white noise machine with me. Can't sleep without the humming of a fan! It puts me to sleep like a lil' babe. :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
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Earplugs or earbuds with soft nature sounds or a creek. Then sleep with one of those mini bats that are heavily weighted at one end. Sleep with peace in mind. I would prefer a 45ACP but with all the crazy ass random stupid laws out there unless you know your lane its hard to carry perfectly legally. Need to know laws in each state you pass through and whether your CWL works there or not yadda yadda.

If you cant stand stuff on your ears get one of those mini fans that clip on to things and run it on high at night near you to drown out sounds. I sleep like a baby anywhere I go because I take a loud fan. Not on the road yet but I will have a small fan and will make sure its a nice loud Brmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lol.

The hum of a fan should help anyone sleep and avoid hearing background nuisances.

Yeah i sleep with a fan on at home but not to drown out noise I use it to make noise because it's too quiet. For protection i have a 24" steel breaker bar that would break some bones easily. And i'll keep a spray bottle full of bleach in case someone breaks in. I'll blind the f'er before i crack him with the breaker bar.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Earplugs or earbuds with soft nature sounds or a creek. Then sleep with one of those mini bats that are heavily weighted at one end. Sleep with peace in mind. I would prefer a 45ACP but with all the crazy ass random stupid laws out there unless you know your lane its hard to carry perfectly legally. Need to know laws in each state you pass through and whether your CWL works there or not yadda yadda.

If you cant stand stuff on your ears get one of those mini fans that clip on to things and run it on high at night near you to drown out sounds. I sleep like a baby anywhere I go because I take a loud fan. Not on the road yet but I will have a small fan and will make sure its a nice loud Brmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lol.

The hum of a fan should help anyone sleep and avoid hearing background nuisances.

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Yeah i sleep with a fan on at home but not to drown out noise I use it to make noise because it's too quiet. For protection i have a 24" steel breaker bar that would break some bones easily. And i'll keep a spray bottle full of bleach in case someone breaks in. I'll blind the f'er before i crack him with the breaker bar.

Same thing for me...I can't sleep in complete silence, it stresses me out. The humming of a fan relaxes me. When I was a little girl, I'd go lay down next to the dryer in my parents house, or even next to a heating vent on the floor, just so I could fall back asleep with the noise...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael S.'s Comment
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Same thing for me...I can't sleep in complete silence, it stresses me out. The humming of a fan relaxes me. When I was a little girl, I'd go lay down next to the dryer in my parents house, or even next to a heating vent on the floor, just so I could fall back asleep with the noise...

Sounds like should drive a reefer.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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