Why buy chips, cheese crackers, and fruit leather when you could make your own? And, healthier versions at that! Finding snacks to bring on long road trips can be tricky–especially if you’re on the road as often as truckers. But, you don’t have to stick to the usual snack routine.

Turn up the snacking game with everything from homemade pretzels, to mini calzones, to veggie wraps. Not only are these homemade options a lot healthier than fast food and truck stop options, but they’re also way more delicious.

Check out these amazing homemade, healthy snack and meal ideas to bring on your road trip.

As a trucker, you know how important diesel is. But, have you ever wondered just how relevant diesel is to the rest of the world? Check out this documentary that explains the power of the fuel you’ve come to know so well.

As a truck driver, you know how difficult it can be to stay awake for long periods of time. Your driving schedule and your sleep schedule just don’t always match up. But, if you’re feeling yourself falling asleep at the wheel, you could be putting yourself and other drivers in extremely dangerous situations.

So, how do you stay awake? You know the normal tricks: exercise, cool temperatures, etc., but it might be time to try something a little more out of the box.

Check out these 5 unique tips on how to avoid driver’s fatigue and keep yourself and others safe!

  1. Don’t use cruise control: On long road trips cruise control feels like a blessing. But, the problem is that when you let your car do all the work, your body gets a little too comfortable, which can make you want to doze off. Instead of hitting the cruise button, make sure you’re keeping your feet active. Keeping your feet moving will help keep your body awake and your eyes open.
  2. Listen to talk radio: Seem boring? Not quite. Listening to talk radio stations like CNN or NPR help keep your brain engaged with what you’re listening to. Hearing your favorite music is great and all, but your brain tends to get used to listening to the same lyrics you’ve always heard. But, by listening to someone talk to you, you automatically engage in the conversation. Obviously, choose something that piques your interest, and feel free to take breaks by switching between music and talk radio.
  3. Place your seat in a new position: Usually, your seat position is the last thing you’re considering when you’re getting sleeping on the road. By switching up your seat position every now and then, you will be taking yourself out of your comfort zone and forcing your body to adjust. This ensures that you are not getting too comfortable and doesn’t let your body rest. Keep your seat back upright and raise your chair higher than usual. That way, you have to stretch your legs and keep the blood moving.
  4. Play mental games with yourself: You might look crazy, but who cares! You are the only one who can judge you. Keep your brain awake by playing mental games with yourself. Recite multiplication tables, or do division in your head. Try remembering old phone numbers, or keep track of every make and model you see of a certain type. Doing these little games will help keep your brain sharp and attentive.
  5. Don’t overload the caffeine: Everyone things loading up on the caffeine before a long drive is a guaranteed waker-upper. But, that’s actually not the case. Like sugary drinks, caffeine can lead to crashing before they’ve had the caffeine jolt. Therefore, drink it sparingly, and drink it without any cream or sugar if you can stand it. Once every four hours is the recommended amount.

Winterizing your truck is a necessary step to driving during the snow season. Don’t get caught in a snow storm without taking the necessary precautions. Make sure you are cleared in the following areas before you hit the road in low temps!

Long Live Batteries:

Cold temperatures have a knack for killing battery life. Make sure you check your battery power frequently to prevent failed start-ups. In freezing weather, batteries are more likely to resist charge and are left at a lower state of charge. If your battery is three years old, and winter is approaching, you may want to consider replacing it early.

Cool it With Coolants:

Antifreeze and coolants provide protection against freezing temperatures and prevent metals from corroding. Make sure you opt for a high quality product so that you are certain that your engine is prepared for the coldest of temperatures. The coolant level should be at the “full” mark at all times.

Tires for Treading:

Tires are one of the most important factors to safe driving in the winter. If you drive in a place that has consistently snowy weather, make sure your tires have the appropriate tread for gripping icy roads and preventing slipping. For an extra precaution, add chains to your tired. Keep in mind that your chains should fit snugly and not slip when you drive. To ensure a good fit, drive a mile after putting them on, then adjust accordingly.

Those who have been in the trucking industry a long time know how hard it is to get good sleep sometimes. But, long hours on the road require you to be alert at all times. In fact, sleep apnea has been an issue among truck drivers for years.  So, how can you prevent yourself from falling asleep at the wheel and feel well-rested instead? Check out this article with 5 great tips on how to get better sleep after a long day of trucking.

car-refill-transportation-transportThe whole world is paying a high price for the unexpected rise in fuel prices and truck owners especially are bearing the brunt of the resulting recession. With higher fuel prices reducing their margins drastically and a lower volume of freight to move around, truckers will require exploring alternate avenues to maintain a workable cash flow that lets them meet their expenses and allows them to plan for the future. One such tool that can help truckers during a recession is factoring.

Unlike traditional businesses, where employers might have fixed monthly expenses, truckers cannot plan some of their expenditures. While drivers might need to be paid on a weekly basis and the rest of the staff on a monthly basis, there might be other expenses lurking in the dark, such as a high fuel bill for a long haul or sudden expenses due to truck repairs, accidents, etc. These unexpected expenses along with a delay in receiving money from credit clients could choke the truckers’ cash flow and even put them out of business. A practical solution to this problem is factoring.

Truckers can sell their credit invoices to a factoring company, who will then arrange to wire the invoices amount to the truckers’ account within 24 to 48 hours. This amount will be minus a small factoring fee of 1.5% to 5% depending on the credit period extended to the client by the trucking company, the customer’s credibility as assessed by the factoring company and the overall business that the trucking company can provide to the factoring company. The factoring facility could also be of the ‘non-recourse’ type, where the factoring company will be ready to bear the loss, if the client does not pay the invoice amount even after the due date or it could be of the ‘recourse’ type, where the trucker will have to pay back the invoice amount to the factoring company, if the client does not pay the money.

The biggest advantage in any of the above factoring types is that the trucking company will receive almost the entire invoice amount within 48 hours of issuing the credit invoice to the client. This will help the truckers to pay the drivers and staff wages, pay for fuel and other repairs and also put into motion any expansion plan that might have been bogged down due to lack of funds.

A positive cash flow will also enable the truckers to go in for larger and longer hauls, which would not have been previously possible. If the truckers enter into a ‘non-recourse’ contract with the factoring company, then they would also be able to divert all energies in increasing the business, instead of chasing after late-paying clients. In other words, factoring will enable the truckers to remain in control of their businesses and also help them to expand it. While it might take some time for the economy to turn around or fuel prices to stabilize, tying up with the right factoring company will help truckers to successfully survive any downturn.

A recession can be an alarming phase for any business and truckers are no exception. The trucking industry is entirely dependent on the health of other sectors. But, with the help of the right factoring company, truckers can safely ride out the storm and confidently face the future