The holidays bring the busiest time of year for truck drivers. Whether you realize it or not, the hard work and dedication from those who are in the trucking industry is what makes the season possible. From family dinners and home decorations to festive lights and gifts, truck drivers deliver it all. 

Stay connected 

Being away from friends and family can be difficult when you are on the road for extended periods of time, especially during the holidays. However, in the trucking industry most drivers have multiple forms of technology at their disposal that make it a little easier to stay connected with loved ones. 

Whether its sending a text or making time for a phone call, communication will mean a lot to both you, your friends and family. Not only will it make you feel more at home, but it can help you get in the holiday spirit as well. Social media and facetime are other great ways to help you connect with others while allowing you to see what’s going on and feel more included. 

Be festive 

There are many ways for truckers to show their holiday spirit. From hanging wreath or rudolph nose on your grill to decorating the inside of your cab with lights or tinsel, as long as you continue following code, the possibilities are endless. Decorations aren’t the only way to be festive. If you can’t be home for the holidays, try treating yourself to a nice dinner, playing christmas music on your radio or get yourself a gift. 

Pack for cold weather 

Many long-haul truck drivers will experience changes in the weather during the holiday season. Temperatures will drop, sometimes below freezing, so it is important that you are prepared and pack accordingly. Although most truckers will be warm and comfortable in their cab, you never know when an emergency can happen. In  a moments notice you could get a flat tire or experience mechanical issues which may require you to be outside in low temperatures for an extended period of time. 

Because of this, it is always important to be prepared by bringing a heavy coat, gloves, hats, scarves, hand warmers, waterproof boots, blankets and extra socks. Though you may think this packing list is unnecessary and excessive, you will be thankful you are prepared for when an emergency happens to you. 

Be flexible

There are many shipping requirements to fulfill during the season and you don’t always have control over your schedule, so plan holiday activities with friends and family accordingly. Though your schedule will likely be tentative, try and schedule events for days you know you will have off even if that means you are celebrating a holiday early or a few days late. 

Whether you are at home or on the road this holiday season, TransWood would like to thank you. Because of your hard work, time and dedication, families across the country can celebrate the season. 

At TransWood, we are dedicated to keeping our employees happy, safe and healthy. If you are interested in becoming a driver or mechanic in the trucking industry, please visit our website to fill out an application! 

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