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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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