Boredom On The Road

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Pat M.'s Comment
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I can totally see myself acting a fool on the CB as a way to entertain myself once i get my training done. I get a kick out of annoying people...maybe im just an A $$ ?

The reason many that do have radios turn them off. They don't want to listed to a fool on the radio.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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There is this pretty cool thing to do while you are on your breaks.... It's called reading a book. I like to read and it passes time really quick.

Pass. I'm way too young for books. If it doesn't have pixels, I anen't interested!

-signed, a typical youngster!

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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My wife likes to joke that driving is a perfect job for me since I'm up in my head all the time. smile.gif

It does help to be a thinker. I'm not saying you've gotta try solve the Cartesian riddle or ponder other philosophical concepts. Even if you're a planner, or like to think about your future in the form of goals, or perhaps reflect on where you are in the present stage of your life - these are all things that not only will give you perspective and have some practical value, they also eat up the miles. Then again, I don't need a distraction to tick off those miles, I enjoy just being and driving, living in the moment, being present.

On the rare instances that I find myself becoming restless, I just remind myself that this is my job. I'm not on some kind of joy ride - it's what puts food on the table and pays the bills. It's better than digging a ditch. I"m not breaking my back doing manual labor. Of course you've gotta love to drive, but every now and then it can become somewhat monotonous, chasing those yellow lines on the road. Another thing that helps when you find yourself in that restless state of mind, is to remind yourself to enjoy the journey. Your job isn't made up of arriving at destinations, the main part of your job is the journey. So, settle in and stop counting those miles.

Driving during the daylight hours, it's nice to take in the scenery when reflecting. During the night, I'm almost always listening to music, or at least have it on in the background. I will turn the music off when it becomes just noise, or my ears start to fatigue, but music is almost always present at night since there's nothing to really look at outside, and when you're getting tired, being in your head is just too much work. Audio books come in handy at night. I've got the Bible on tap.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Belluavir's Comment
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There is this pretty cool thing to do while you are on your breaks.... It's called reading a book. I like to read and it passes time really quick.

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Pass. I'm way too young for books. If it doesn't have pixels, I anen't interested!

-signed, a typical youngster!

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I will be bringning my kindle fire, books are too cumbersome, and i will probably write on down time, buy will i be having that much of that?

J. Snow's Comment
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Sirius XM while rolling. TV, computer, talking to the kids and sleep when parked. That is pretty much my routine. Oh, and I torture myself by cooking some deliciousness in the crock pot while rolling too. Wanting to be alive long enough to eat that is a good motivator for staying awake.

Mmm... I never thought I could be cooking a delicious meal in my crock pot while rolling! That's awesome! And eating is def one of my top 5 things to be doing!

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Sirius XM while rolling. TV, computer, talking to the kids and sleep when parked. That is pretty much my routine. Oh, and I torture myself by cooking some deliciousness in the crock pot while rolling too. Wanting to be alive long enough to eat that is a good motivator for staying awake.

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Mmm... I never thought I could be cooking a delicious meal in my crock pot while rolling! That's awesome! And eating is def one of my top 5 things to be doing!

Oh yeah, it is a great motivator to know you will be eating what you have been smelling... When you park it for the night. Makes those truck stops seem a whole lot less desirable and keeps that left door closed with the wheels turning.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Just be sure to put some mini bungies to hold the top on...nothing like roast beef juice to warm your feet up embarrassed.gif

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Sirius XM while rolling. TV, computer, talking to the kids and sleep when parked. That is pretty much my routine. Oh, and I torture myself by cooking some deliciousness in the crock pot while rolling too. Wanting to be alive long enough to eat that is a good motivator for staying awake.

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Mmm... I never thought I could be cooking a delicious meal in my crock pot while rolling! That's awesome! And eating is def one of my top 5 things to be doing!

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Oh yeah, it is a great motivator to know you will be eating what you have been smelling... When you park it for the night. Makes those truck stops seem a whole lot less desirable and keeps that left door closed with the wheels turning.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kat's Comment
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Speaking of XM radio, how much does a subscription run??

Tractor Man's Comment
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Speaking of XM radio, how much does a subscription run??

Hi Kat, I paid $20.00 for the receiver on Amazon. Signed up for 1 year premium subscription thru SiriusXM website. Paid $240.00 for 1 year in advance. That included activation. They have a monthly plan for $19.99 + activation fee of 30 or 40 dollars. I cant remember the exact price. It is worth its weight in Gold to me. I am a NASCAR junkie. I get to listen to "Play by Play" Auto Racing!!!! Tons of music, sports, talk, you name it. You will not regret it. Try tuning in radio stations while you drive for 10-12 hours. I did while on my Trainers Truck. I wanted to rip out all of my teeth with VICE GRIPS by the 2nd or 3rd day. Complete silence is better than Radio Static.

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Sambo's Comment
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First thing to do is make sure you get a good night's (or days) sleep. Not being well rested will cause you to be less focused and you'll tend to get tunnel vision and tend to zone out.

Next is to set your mind right and get prepared for the day ahead. One of the ways I do this is to not think about the length of the trip. If you wake up and think "sigh, got 1500 miles ahead of me til this load is done", it can take a lot out of you because the task seems monumental.

I like to break it down into segments. Think of each day individually, just like a day at work. This way, you only have to focus on what is ahead of you for that day. 500 to 700 miles in a day, or 11 hours, not too bad.

Then just find something to keep you occupied...but not preoccupied. One think you never want to do is over stress your brain. You have a lot to focus on and think about out here. While you may do this in passing, it does take energy out of you.

Find something that doesn't take a lot of your concentration, or at least, if you find yourself really deep in thought, try to snap yourself out of it and give your mind a rest for awhile.

Radio is great and xm is awesome for the road. There is everything from music to cinematic dialogue there for you to listen to.

I like to look at the countryside, especially running through the mountains. I like to look out into the middle of nowhere, at a tall peak and wonder, has anyone ever stepped foot up there? There's a lot of wide open land out there, and I'm sure there is a lot of area that has never been stepped on by human feet. Kind of interesting..at least to me.

Anyway...stiff like that. ☺

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