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Home for the Holidays

By Heather Hogeland & Kim Grimm

Home for the Holidays- This is the time of year when many drivers are trying to get home to spend time with their families over the holidays.  Drivers who run with their significant others, or drivers who do not have family to go home to, will often times stay out on the road to give drivers who do have small children or family an opportunity to spend the holidays at home.

This is the time of year when many drivers are trying to get home to spend time with their families over the holidays.  Drivers who run with their significant others, or drivers who do not have family to go home to, will often times stay out on the road to give drivers who do have small children or family an opportunity to spend the holidays at home.

We have a few hints for you before going home for the holidays.  If possible, get all your laundry done ahead of time so to free up precious home time you could be using for activities with your family that are a lot more fun.  Those moments are precious and you can never get them back!  If you are at all like we are and take the opportunity to shop on the road, (being an OTR driver affords us opportunities to buy such unique gifts!) take the time to wrap those presents.  We both carried the wrapping supplies with us so that whenever we had a little down time we could get that out of the way.  It will be one less thing to do at home and you’ll be ready to take them in the house and slip them under the tree.  Get creative in hauling them in your sleeper, it will help get you into the Christmas spirit as well save more of the time you want to spend visiting with the people that you love.  We used our top bunks for storage, put rectangular laundry baskets up there.  They ride well and make great organizers plus, they are awesome for hauling more than just laundry from truck to house and vice versa!

Home for the Holidays- This is the time of year when many drivers are trying to get home to spend time with their families over the holidays.  Drivers who run with their significant others, or drivers who do not have family to go home to, will often times stay out on the road to give drivers who do have small children or family an opportunity to spend the holidays at home.I’ve been reading a lot of Facebook posts recently about the kind things drivers are doing while at home to help other drivers who are not as fortunate.  Some took homemade Thanksgiving dinners to local truck stops and distributed them to the drivers who were sitting there.  My mom always asked us to go to the truck stop, and if anyone we knew might be in town, bring them home for the holiday.  She couldn’t stand for any driver to be lonely.  Others would bake pies and take them to share a piece of homemade pumpkin or apple pie with the drivers.  I think this is a wonderful idea, at Christmas maybe you could come up with a new family tradition that would involve wrapping a few small gifts and doing the same sort of thing?  Maybe go to the truck stop and give a few drivers a present to open on Christmas?  There are many little things we could do to show drivers that we appreciate their hard work, a small stocking stuffed with some fruit and nuts would be very sweet and well received by a lonely driver far from home during the holidays.

I think any driver who is just starting out has to, many times, work through a major holiday or two, so, even if we get to go home this year, we need to remember that it wasn’t always so.  Roger and I always worked through Thanksgiving so that we could be home for Christmas, but even then we took the very first load after Christmas.  SOMEBODY has to.  The freight must move.

BUT, while you are at home, get in the spirit and enjoy your time at home with your family!  Bundle up and go out to see the Christmas lights with someone you love, take them out for hot cocoa afterwards.  Pop popcorn and string it with cranberries to make a garland for the tree or use it elsewhere, almost no-one does that anymore!  Take the time to teach these things to the younger generations, show them how to make a snow angel, make a snowman together using a carrot for a nose, sticks for his arms and the whole deal.  Make it a fun memory!  We all work really hard all year long and every driver deserves a break to have some fun and make some memories with the people they love!

Merry Christmas and have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Home for the Holidays- This is the time of year when many drivers are trying to get home to spend time with their families over the holidays.  Drivers who run with their significant others, or drivers who do not have family to go home to, will often times stay out on the road to give drivers who do have small children or family an opportunity to spend the holidays at home.

Stay Safe Out There And Keep It Shiny!


Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm are CDL holders and longtime friends with a combined 75 years and 7 million miles of driving experience. Both are writers and have a love for everything trucking, as well as, furry, four-legged friends. Kim is currently a full-time owner-operator and part-time writer. Heather writes for various trucking publications and enjoys traveling with her husband Roger.


 

Driver Courtesy

Being Helpful Doesn’t Hurt

By Heather Hogeland & Kim Grimm

Good old fashioned manners, words such as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ can go a long way in almost every situation.  When you drive a truck you are working with dispatchers, shippers, receivers, truck stop employees, and other drivers.  A good attitude can go a long way.  Getting along with the people you work with and are around every day will make life on the road easier and more enjoyable.

Being Helpful Doesn't Hurt- A good attitude can go a long way.  Getting along with the people you work with and are around every day will make life on the road easier and more enjoyable.

Being a courteous driver doesn’t cost you a thing, but the rewards you can reap are enormous.  I was at a dock recently where a driver was struggling to back in next to me, so I got out of my truck and went over to help him.  I was more than happy to do this as he was aimed at my hood, but would have, in fact we both have, done this on many other occasions even when my own truck wasn’t in jeopardy.  It’s the right thing to do.  Don’t just sit there and watch someone back into somebody else when you could get out and help.  The hood you save could be your own!

We always appreciate it when someone helps us and are happy to do the same.  So many loading dock and parking lot accidents are preventable.  G.O.A.L. Get Out And Look!!!  If you don’t have someone there to help watch for you, set your brakes and Get Out And Look!  If you have a co-driver you can carry a walkie-talkie set to an off channel and communicate with each other without having to be able to see them.  This is a useful tool for any team.

Speaking of loading docks, shippers and receivers have quite a bit of power over your immediate life.  Going into their office with a bad attitude won’t get you in or out of there any sooner, in fact, more than likely the opposite will occur.  Be as pleasant and courteous as possible in order to achieve the results you need.  As frustrating as it is, be nice, then, when you get loaded or empty, go out into the quiet privacy of your own truck and holler at the walls.

Flashing bright lights when another big truck passes is a former courtesy that has turned into an annoying and dangerous habit of late.  This started by the quick turning off, then on again of headlights during nighttime to let that passing driver know he/she had cleared you and was able to come on back over into the travel lane.  This morphed into bright lights partially because of the daytime running lights and partially because of the changed handles for turning headlights on and off.  The problem with this practice is that it blinds the driver as they look in their side mirror – – yikes!  This is not safe at all, so can we all agree to stop doing this?  Thanks!

You know how much you appreciate it when somebody lets you over, or stops a line of traffic to let you pull out, or even waits behind the white line so you can get around the corner?  Be THAT driver.  The more of us that do this, maybe the more of us WILL DO THIS.  Maybe we can start a new movement of driver courtesy, help a new generation develop these positive habits.

It’s been said for years that people are quick to complain and not nearly as quick to thank someone.  When you go out of your way to be nice, it really does rub off and people are nicer to you.  Share some of your hard learned lessons with younger drivers, you might be able to help them avoid some of the grief you suffered.

Stay safe out there and Keep it Shiny!


 Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm are CDL holders and longtime friends with a combined 75 years and 7 million miles of driving experience. Both are writers and have a love for everything trucking, as well as, furry, four-legged friends. Kim is currently a full-time owner-operator and part-time writer. Heather writes for various trucking publications and enjoys traveling with her husband Roger.