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5 Tips For Truck Drivers To Make Drives More Enjoyable

5 Tips For Truck Drivers To Make Drives More Enjoyable

Truck drivers are a unique breed of professionals – people who drive long distances to ship goods and services we use in our everyday lives. Without their hard work and support, companies like Amazon would have never been able to enjoy the market dominance they have now.

The median salary in the US for a truck driver is $18 per hour with total yearly pay reaching around $68,000 per year. To get this sort of pay they have to travel long distances and drive long hours.

So, if you are a truck driver and want to make your journey more enjoyable and easy, here are some really nice, simple tips for you.

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1. Own your truck

Though truck drivers are responsible employees, the number one thing which can radically change their experience is the ownership of their truck.

If you own the truck, you are more likely to care for it differently than if it is your employer’s or someone else’s.

A more pertinent question you can ask is whether you should buy a new or used truck? Newer trucks provide greater durability, making your journey more likely to be smooth and trouble-free. If you are driving a used truck, whether you own it or not, you may have to make frequent stops for repair and maintenance.

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So if it’s yours, make sure it is properly maintained with any issues sorted out before the start of your journey.

2. Have a great night’s sleep

A trucker’s job is tedious and tiring. Long distance driving is a significant challenge. If you want to drive for long hours, make sure you have a great night’s sleep.

It is not just that you should sleep the night before, as even during the journey if you feel exhausted and worn, your best bet is to stop the vehicle at any given stop points and take a nap. This will increase your commute time but it will ensure that you will reach your destination safely.

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3. Limit the use of energy drinks

Red Bull is the darling of truck drivers and you may keep them stocked up. Energy drinks are supposed to provide you with the necessary caffeine boost so that you can remain awake, but excessive use of them will ultimately have adverse effects as research suggests that they could encourage concentration lapses during the drive.

If you truly want to enjoy your long drive, limit the use of energy drinks to 2 at maximum. Drinking it in large quantities will ultimately wear you down.

4. Keep your mind and body healthy 

Good sleep and a caffeine boost may be good, but if you truly want to enjoy your 11-hour journey, make sure you stock up some motivational tapes and CDs in your truck too.

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To keep your mind healthy and without stress, you can listen to motivational tapes during the drive along with any of your favorite music. If you are a smartphone user, you can subscribe to services like Spotify to listen to music playlists during your journey.

Make sure you exercise regularly to keep your body fit for long hours of sitting in your small truck compartment.

5. Learn to use apps made specifically for truck drivers

Technology is fast becoming important for almost any profession and truck drivers are no exception to this. There are some great apps for truck drivers which can improve their overall driving experience and would also ensure their safety during the drive.

If you feel comfortable using the modern gadgets, you should use some good apps to get some real time data on accidents, route finding, making log entries etc. These apps will reduce your paperwork and will ease some of the job pressure.

Above are some great tips for truck drivers which can improve motivation and enjoyment during long truck journeys. Anyone who is planning to drive for longer hours, should always consider safety to be your first and most important priority.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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