Let’s face it, over the road trucking is a hard job – but someone’s gotta do it. Many would argue the long hours and time away from home would be a deal-breaker for them. OTR truck drivers know all too well what it feels like being on the road for up to 14 hours at a stretch.
Having time for hobbies might seem a little impractical when your hands are behind the wheel most of the day, but there are actually plenty of hobbies you can pursue while in the cab or during a rest break.
Check out our top 7 hobby recommendations for OTR truck drivers that help pass the time, relieve stress, and keep your mind active & fresh.
We know, you know exercising is important for your health, but did you know it’s also a major stress reliever? Didn’t think you could work out while on the road? Think again. Use the cab as your on-the-go gym. Bring some weights, and try sit-ups, lunges, and push-ups for a full-body workout wherever you are. If you are thinking of moving more for your New Year’s resolution, then check out our article for suggestions and tips here.
Not into getting sweaty on your break? Then, if you have half an hour and the weather is nice, 30 minutes of walking every day can have the same health benefits as longer workouts.
#2. Start A Collection
OTR truck drivers often get to see much more of the country than people working at a 9-to-5 office job, that’s for sure. As a result, driving cross-country gives you the chance to start a unique collection. Grabbing a small souvenir from every new place you visit is a fun way to keep track of where you’ve been. It doesn’t have to be anything over-the-top or expensive. To conclude, find something that interests you. Magnets, coins, stamps, lighters, and rocks are some popular choices.
For some, jotting their thoughts down in a journal is the best way to wind down after a long day of driving. Choosing over the road trucking as a career pretty much guarantees you’ll experience some pretty interesting stuff while on the road. Keep a journal of your experiences to look back on.
#4. Listen to Audiobooks
Listening is the new reading. Audiobooks allow truck drivers to “read” without turning pages while driving. Arguably the most popular audiobook service, audible.com, has thousands of titles to choose from – no matter what you’re into.
Check out the New York Times latest bestsellers if you need a little inspiration on what to listen to next.
#5. Start a Blog
This is especially great if you already enjoy taking pictures! You probably already have some stellar snapshots of places you’ve visited while on the job. Why not turn them into a blog? You don’t have to use a professional camera either. If you see something unique, snap a picture using your smartphone.
To conclude, regularly uploading to your blog will help you keep in touch with people at home easier. Share your photos, stories, and experiences. Friends and family can know what you’re up to while catching a glimpse into the life of an OTR truck driver.
#6. Play Music
Some OTR truck drivers like to entertain themselves by jamming out on breaks. But what if you don’t think you have any musical talent? Now may be the perfect time to learn how to play an instrument. For example, a guitar is portable and can be taught online, so you don’t have to worry about finding a local instructor in each new place you visit. Take advantage of the many (and some free) online resources. Learn how to play an instrument at your own pace, in your spare time.
#7. Tap Into Your Creative Side
One of the best ways to keep your mind feeling fresh after hours of driving is by drawing or painting. You may be surprised how many OTR truck drivers try their hand at art while on the road. It’s also super easy to keep art supplies like a folding easel, canvas, paint brushes, and paint in the cab for easy access.
Over the road trucking requires drivers to always be on their A-game. Thus, taking up a hobby helps drivers pass the time, prevent boredom, and keep the mind sharp for the next long-haul.