Are you happy at your job? What could make you happier?

These were some of the questions answered by over 500 truck drivers nationwide as part of Drive My Way’s 2023 Driver Happiness Survey. The results of this survey were recently released in a report now available to be downloaded as a PDF from this page.  


If you’re unhappy in your current position, you aren’t alone. The survey responses highlighted the issues facing today’s truck drivers, and the factors that could increase driver satisfaction rates across the nation.  


In 2023, only 51% of surveyed drivers said they were happy at their job. Younger and newer drivers especially expressed less satisfaction than older, more experienced drivers, with only 44% of drivers with 1-2 years of experience saying they were happy in their current position.  


These surprising results revealed that driver happiness nationwide has decreased since Drive My Way’s last happiness report in 2019, when 54% of drivers said they were happy in their positions. Today’s drivers are also now nearly twice as likely to look for a new job than those surveyed in 2019.  


When asked what employers could do better to increase satisfaction rates, many drivers agreed on two things: compensation and communication. Communication is seen as especially important by female drivers and new employees, with twice as many women as men reporting that communication was the one thing employers could improve.  


To download Drive My Way’s Driver Happiness Report on the state of satisfaction among professional truck drivers in 2023, just click to this link and enter your information. 


Drive My Way is a truck driver recruiting platform completely focused on drivers and their needs. We match company drivers and owner operators with CDL jobs based on more than 20 personal lifestyle preferences. If you believe we could help you reach your career goals, or you’re interested in being a part of our next Driver Happiness Survey, be sure to visit our driver platform here and sign up for our email alerts.  

Thanksgiving might have already passed, but the tradition of recognizing and giving thanks to the hardworking and underappreciated people in your life can be continued all year round. This holiday season, there are many ways to give thanks by giving back to your community and the people who just don’t hear “thank you” often enough. 


Here at Drive My Way, we know that truck drivers are truly the unsung heroes of our society, maintaining a critical part of our nation’s infrastructure by working in an industry that is built on giving. If you’re wondering how to keep the holiday spirit alive by giving back to fellow truckers and members of your community, keep reading for some of the best ways to give thanks this holiday season.  


Giving Thanks to Truckers in Need 

One of the best ways to celebrate the season of giving is by helping out fellow truckers.  Consider donating or volunteering for one of the organizations across the nation that make it their priority to support drivers in need.  


Many truck drivers face illness or injuries that keep them from working, which can seriously impact the driver and their loved ones. By giving back to an organization like St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, you can provide assistance to drivers who have financial need due to current medical problems. If you believe this organization could benefit you or someone you know, there is also a simple way to apply for support on their website 


For some, access to a warm meal is taken for granted. That’s why supporting an organization like Meals for 18 Wheels is a great way to help fellow truckers who are unable to easily provide themselves and their loved ones a meal. Operating year round, the organization assists drivers nationwide, making it easy to give back to drivers in your community who are in need.  


Some carriers also make it a priority to give back their drivers and community each holiday season. For more than 50 years, Transervice Logistics has delivered holiday presents to their employees’ children and grandchildren at their facilities across the country. The company also goes the extra mile by then doubling the amount of gifts in a donation to The Salvation Army in the metro New York area.  


Giving Back to Your Community and Beyond 

If you’re interested in helping more than just your fellow truck drivers this year, there are many ways to get involved.  


Some of the most important ways to give back are available all year round, but especially make a difference around the holidays and during colder months. Consider donating or volunteering at a food drive, which provides many families their only holiday meal each season.  


As temperatures continue to drop all winter long, another great way to help those in need in your community is to donate warm clothes to a local homeless shelter, clothing drive, or charity. For those looking to help our four-legged friends, volunteering or donating toys and food to a local animal shelter can make a huge difference for such an important cause.  


Another way to support your community is to honor our fallen heroes. On Saturday, December 16, 2023, more than 2 million volunteers and supporters will honor fallen veterans at national cemeteries and more than 4,000 locations nationwide. If you’d like to participate, it’s not too late. There are a number of ways you can be a part of this mission:  


  1. Truckers can volunteer to haul loads – just scroll down the page and click “Volunteer for Trucking” to fill out the form.  
  2. Volunteer to place wreaths – just click on the “Volunteer” button to find a participating cemetery near you and fill out the form.  
  3. Sponsor a wreath – just click on the “Sponsor Wreaths” button and make your selection. You can also sponsor a specific cemetery or local sponsorship group.  
  4. Donate to the cause – donate monetarily towards the transportation fund. This fund helps provide fuel assistance to make sure all the wreaths get to the final resting place of our heroes.  


Let this holiday season act as a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of fellow truck drivers, families in need, and people in your community. There are countless ways to give back, whether by donating your time or money to an important cause.  


If there’s an organization you think we left out, or you want to share a story of generosity and kindness in the trucking industry, be sure to reach out to us on social media and we’d love to learn more.  

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, one out of every four veterans are truck drivers? Or that 10 percent of all truck drivers are veterans?  If you have served our country and are looking to transition into a career in the truck driving industry, or if you are already a veteran of both fields, there are many programs and opportunities available to assist you along the way.  


Each November, Veteran’s Day reminds us of the great dedication, commitment, and sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country. Their bravery is why countless carriers, support groups, and government organizations work year round to provide resources for veterans entering the truck driving industry and support to those already hard at work. Keep reading to find out how these helpful resources could assist you and your loved ones. 


Looking to Enter the Truck Driving Industry?  

One of the most difficult parts about leaving a career in the military can be the transition into civilian life. Finding the right job that fits your qualifications, interests, and needs can feel impossible. Many veterans choose a career in the truck driving industry because of the job availability, flexible hours, and financial stability.  


For veterans looking to enter into a career in transportation, there are many resources and organizations that can help you waive fees, exempt you from certain requirements, and provide resources for networking and finding the perfect job.  


The Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Workforce was launched in 2021 by President Biden with the goal of making it easier for veterans to enter and adjust to the trucking industry. This program offers a wealth of opportunities in addition to the benefits already offered by the longstanding GI Bill.  


If you’re looking for educational instruction or to connect with employers and field experts, the Department of Labor’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a great place to start. TAP provides education on workplace fundamentals, as well as other benefits for veterans such as: mentorships, job fairs, resume help, internships, and more! 


Qualifying veterans who have experience operating large military vehicles are also able to waive the commercial driver’s license skills test. The FMCSA offers a waiver that allows veterans to forgo driving tests, as long as they are currently licensed to operate military motor vehicles and have done so in the last 12 months. Currently, this waiver is available in all states.  


If this doesn’t apply to you, the  Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operator Training Grant can also be used to pay for a trucking education program. This grant applies to all US Armed Forces members and their spouses. 


Already a Truck Driver? 

If you’re one of the thousands of veterans across the country who are already working hard in the truck driving industry, there are still many resources and organizations available to offer round the clock support.  


Veterans In Trucking is a company that makes its mission to connect veterans with resources, career opportunities, and industry connections. It assists carriers in creating veteran-readiness programs and offers a platform to apply for job postings for carriers that value and support veteran drivers.  


The company also provides support to veterans through life changing experiences, such as their current Mission Veteran Expedition to Vietnam, giving veterans of the Vietnam War a chance to return to the country and see it in a new light.  


For those looking to honor fellow or fallen veterans, organizations such as Wreaths Across America offer chances to show your support. Wreaths Across America recognizes and honors fallen soldiers and veterans by placing wreaths on gravestones across the country every holiday season.  

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, more than 2 million volunteers and supporters will honor fallen veterans at national cemeteries and more than 4,000 locations nationwide. If you’d like to participate, it’s not too late. There are a number of ways you can be a part of this mission: 


  1. Truckers can volunteer to haul loads – just scroll down the page and click “Volunteer for Trucking” to fill out the form. 
  2. Volunteer to place wreaths – just click on the “Volunteer” button to find a participating cemetary near you and fill out the form. 
  3. Sponsor a wreath – just click on the “Sponsor Wreaths” button and make your selection. You can also sponsor a specific cemetary or local sponsorship group. 
  4. Donate to the cause – donate monetarily towards the transportation fund. This fund helps provide fuel assistance to make sure all the wreaths get to the final resting place of our heros. 


You should never feel alone as a veteran in the truck driving industry. Many carriers offer support that can make a difference in the lives of you and your loved ones. Organizations and companies across the country also make it their mission to offer resources and opportunities that are always available.  


If you’ve worked with a great organization for veteran truck drivers or have any stories to share, please reach out to us on our social media!   


Truck driving is a career path that demands strength, resilience, and commitment to seeing a job through. A good driver can take pride in the work of a job well done, even during the long, quiet miles of the open road. The same skills are required of the courageous men and women who serve our country. However, for veterans who choose to become drivers, the transition from the armed forces to trucking can be a challenging one, especially when it comes to mental health. We spoke with David Pike, Director of Recruiting for NFI, who shared his story of life as a military veteran and ways he’s found support with the trucking industry.  


A Comrade in Arms 

David Pike’s professional journey began in the Marine Corps, where he worked until 1994. After working in an ammunition and explosives MOS for six years, Sergeant Pike was returning from the Western Pacific deployment when he learned there were opportunities to be assigned to recruiting duty stateside and in the local community. He took the opportunity and quickly fell in love with the rewarding feeling of how recruiting can change someone’s life. 


“Initially, in military recruiting, you’re selling the glory, honor, and reputation of the Marine Corps. That changed shortly after a young Marine I had recruited, returned home from boot camp and said, “Thank You”. Not sure at the time why gratitude was extended, “It later hit me that I had changed that Marine’s life and gave him an opportunity and hope for a better future.” Pike said. Later, Pike shared, “Changing someone’s life is powerful and should be taken with the highest level of responsibility in any profession, especially transportation,” and this is why he loves so much of what we do in recruiting. He later noted, “We truly and genuinely affect people’s lives.” 


In 1993, upon leaving the Marine Corps after almost 10 years, Sergeant Pike transitioned his recruiting skills into the transportation industry. That transition was not without hurdles, but his story is a testament to resilience and dedication. He stated that in the 30 years since joining the transportation world, he and his team fully embrace the concept of changing lives and not “filling seats.” Pike shared with us a few of his most passionate items relating to his profession; and being a veteran himself, it is obvious that is one area that he is championing within NFI. Veterans all too often need advocacy when coming to a new industry. Veterans speak the same language and understand each other’s stories, challenges, and armored front better than most. 


Mental Health: Unseen Battles 

Stress is a real issue in the transportation industry. Professional drivers may be comfortable dealing with the challenges of the road, but veterans have other battles and challenges they may be dealing with that are unique. “Mental health battles are often left unseen and not addressed,” Pike states. He highlighted the unspoken realities of veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. He pointed out that, 


“As veterans, we are expected to blend seamlessly back into civilian life despite having put up a shield for years even while carrying emotional burdens, memories, and experiences that most people will never understand. In the service, especially if you have any position of leadership, you are taught to NEVER show weakness, show confidence to your troops.” 


The experiences and emotional burdens of a life of military service left their mark on Pike’s relationships after he spent years trying to “just man up.” He found himself losing friends, trying to deal with an ending marriage, and nearly losing contact with his daughter. Fortunately, prioritizing mental health turned things around. 


The Power of Understanding 

Truck drivers may not always talk about mental health, but it’s a subject that affects us all. Pike was very open with us about his mental health struggles and ongoing resolution. His journey serves as a reminder that we’re not alone in this. In his role as Director of Recruiting with NFI, Pike knows that veterans often emerge from service with emotional armor, and the industry has a role to play in helping them transition to civilian life successfully. He advocates for support that comes from trucking companies and from fellow drivers, especially those who are brothers in arms. 


“It’s a call to action, not just for recruiters but for all of us. As drivers, we have a unique perspective and a shared experience. Let’s create a culture where we can talk about our experiences and support one another when needed.” 


David Pike’s story is a testament to the power of understanding, support, and community. He’s been through the challenges and triumphs of working in trucking, and he knows the unique struggles veterans face when transitioning into civilian life.  


Drivers aren’t just colleagues; it’s a family on the road. Pike hopes that all members of this industry learn from one another, support one another, and ensure that our community remains strong and resilient.  


Thoughts for the Road 

When we asked Pike if he had any advice for transitioning to life as a civilian, he left us with a few final thoughts.  


  1. “You are all amazing soldiers, sailors, etc., but all those geeks in high school will be your bosses now. You come out thinking you’re a big star in the military, but you end up working for the nerds in high school.
  2. The first book he recommends on the journey to better mental health: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz  
  3. “We’ve got to own that sometimes we are broken, sometimes we need help. We’ve got to let our friends know. How do you learn to be the friend to ask, ‘Are you ok?’” 


Pike’s road, like that of many veterans transitioning to civilian life, has not been smooth. But after prioritizing his own mental health, he happily shared that his personal relationships have never been better. And his last thought for the road? “If you want any advice, go live. Go make memories and spend time together. You do that, and life is going to be good.” 

One of the hardest parts about being a truck driver is missing holidays and being far from home during important celebrations when your job calls for you to be on the road. This sacrifice should never go unrecognized as truckers work to keep our economy and daily life on track heading into the busy holiday season. However, if you’re going to be on the road this Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one of the best parts of the holiday: the food! 


Whether you want a reminder of a traditional, home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner or you’re just looking to take a break from truck stop restaurants, there are countless recipes that can be made with just a few ingredients and tools from the comfort of your tractor.  Keep reading to find out everything you need to bring the celebration on the road with you this Thanksgiving holiday.  


Tools for a Kitchen on Wheels 

You might be surprised by how many home-cooked meals can be made right out of your truck. Over the years, truck drivers have found many creative ways to make their trucks feel like home, including using small kitchen appliances to cook or meal prep when they’re on the road.  


A slow cooker, crock pot, or portable stove is the perfect tool for creating meat dishes, vegetables, and even desserts without taking up much room. Just make sure your truck has the power capabilities necessary for the job. An inverter and an auxiliary power unit (APU) work together so you can easily operate all your appliances, even when your truck is off.  


A small collection of spices, Zipper storage bags, and tupperware are also important to maximize your space while still being able to cook and store home-cooked meals. Square plastic baskets can help you organize your space, and it’s always helpful to secure everything you cook with before you hit the road. Nobody wants a slow cooker flying through the air when they take a turn!  


Thanksgiving Recipes To Go 

With just a few tools and some simple ingredients, you can bring the comfort of Thanksgiving staple foods to wherever you are this year.  


For most people, the first dish they think of when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey. Surprisingly, making a delicious turkey on the road isn’t difficult at all. Slow cooker turkey breasts can be the perfect main course, and will leave plenty for leftovers throughout the week! Just plug your slow cooker into the inverter, salt and pepper the turkey breasts, and add one cup of water or chicken broth to the liner of the pot. Let this simmer on low for five hours, and you’re good to go! There are countless variations if you’re looking to spice up the turkey, such as this one, that uses dry onion soup mix to create a gravy.  


Sides, Desserts, and More! 

If you feel like no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without sides like stuffing or green beans, there are plenty of easy recipes to make your truck feel just like home. Once again, a slow cooker is the perfect appliance to make delicious Thanksgiving sides, no oven necessary! 


Making stuffing requires a bit more prep than turkey, as you combine the ingredients like butter, onions, celery, bread, and seasonings before placing them in the pot. However, recipes like this make it easy to follow step by step and create the perfect stuffing that you can even prepare up to 24 hours before to save yourself time.  


Green bean casserole is even more simple: all it requires is a bag of frozen green beans, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and some French onion crunchies to top it off! Just mix the ingredients together and heat them in a microwave or on low on a portable stove, and you’ll have the perfect side dish in minutes.  


When it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, pies are usually the star of the show. Although a pumpkin pie is best made in an oven, a slow cooker can be a great inspiration for many other tasty treats. Recipes for brownies, fudge, fruit cobblers, and more are all over the internet, and could be the perfect way to finish off your holiday celebration.  



Spending holidays on the road as a truck driver can be hard, but there’s one way to make sure you bring a piece of home with you this Thanksgiving. Cooking traditional Thanksgiving meals from the comfort of your tractor is the perfect way to try something new and remind yourself of your family and loved ones.  


Here at Drive My Way, we strive to find creative tips and tricks to make truck driving fun and safe all year round. If you’re looking for more articles like this, be sure to tune into our weekly Truck Driver Blog posts and keep up with us on social media. 

A 2018 study appearing in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found depression in truck drivers occurring at a higher rate than in the overall population, 13.6% as opposed to 6.7% of all American adults.  What causes this disparity between the general population and commercial drivers when it comes to mental health? How can you tell if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, and if you are, how do you best combat them?

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the truck driver depression crisis, and 4 important tips to take care of your mental health and well being while on the road.  


Warning Signs of Depression 

Everyone has hard days and feels sad from time to time. It can be difficult to distinguish these normal feelings from what specialists define as ‘major depressive disorder,’ especially if you don’t know the signs to look for.  


Mayo Clinic defines depression as a mood disorder with persistent feelings of sadness or loss of interest in your usual habits, often seemingly without a cause. Depression is not a feeling you can ignore or “snap out of,” and it can have a deep impact on your personal relationships and day-to-day life.  


Symptoms of depression vary person to person, but there are a few key warning signs to look out for. 


  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness 
  • Frequent mood swings or outbursts of anger and irritability  
  • Change of usual sleep patterns, such as insomnia or oversleeping  
  • Lack of energy and tiredness, making even small tasks seem daunting  
  • Frequent or recurring thoughts of suicide or death  


4 Tips to Overcome Truck Driver Depression  

Because everyone’s experience with depression is different, there’s no “one size fits all” approach to coping with this mental health struggle. A profession like trucking can make finding a solution even more difficult at times, as commercial drivers often don’t have a routine schedule and can be away from their loved ones for long periods of time.  


However, there are a few helpful strategies you can incorporate into your daily life to combat the stress and difficulty that can come with a career in trucking.  


Tip 1: Recognize and React 

For a long time, many people were afraid to admit if they were struggling with their mental health or fighting depression. Changing times has taken away this stigma, and the most important first step to finding a solution is recognizing the symptoms of depression in yourself.  


Truck driving is one of the most  dangerous jobs in America, and it can also be one of the most isolating. Admitting that you might be struggling with depression is not a sign of weakness, it’s actually the only way you will be able to feel stronger.  


Tip 2: Maintain Your Personal Connections 

One of the most challenging parts of being a trucker is to be away from home for long stretches of time. Feeling like you are missing out on key moments or just missing your loved ones can contribute to intense feelings of sadness. This is why it’s important to find out the ways that best work for you to remain connected to your family, friends, and home.  


Establish a schedule to make calling home part of your routine. Video calling might not feel the same as being there in person, but it’s important to be reminded regularly of who is waiting for you when you get back. Apps that let you watch movies together remotely or virtual board games are other great ways to have fun with your loved ones even when you’re miles apart.  


Tip 3: Prioritize Your Physical Health 

Truck drivers often struggle to remain active or find affordable, healthy food while on the road. Physical well being is a large part of maintaining your mental health, so it’s important to prioritize both to avoid feelings of depression.  


Finding time to exercise can be difficult, especially if you’ve been driving all day. However, even a few minutes of exercise throughout the week can help you to feel productive and increase your serotonin. Packing a lunch before hitting the road or planning out where you can find food that will give you energy and nutrients is another important step to keep your mind and body strong.  


The power of good sleep also should not be underestimated. Not getting enough rest can have a great impact on your well being, and can also be dangerous when driving for long hours. If your truck also doubles as your bedroom, find ways to make it relaxing and comfortable. Be sure to take breaks whenever you can.  


Tip 4: Ask for Help 

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Depression can feel isolating, which can be made worse in a career like trucking. Many people struggling with depression might worry that they will be a burden on their loved ones and try to fight on their own. It’s important to remember that your family and friends know you better than anyone, and their support is essential to overcome something as serious as depression.  


A lot of people fighting depression also seek medical help, either from their doctor or a mental health professional. Telehealth has made this option increasingly accessible, and can be a great option for those on the road. Visiting a professional, whether virtually or in person, can lead to the development of helpful coping strategies or the opportunity to find medication that could help.  


Depression is a serious mental health struggle that has continued to rise in truck drivers across the United States. There’s no easy solution for fighting depression, but it’s important to find ways to relax, connect with your loved ones, and take care of your body and mind.  


If you or someone you know are struggling with depression, the best thing you can do is seek help. If you can’t get in touch with your doctor, a great resource is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or 


If there’s one job that deserves a week of recognition, celebration, and appreciation, it’s commercial truck driving. With drivers throughout the country responsible for transporting over 70% of the United States freight, it’s fair to say our world wouldn’t be the same without each and every driver across the nation.  


Each year, Driver Appreciation Week provides the perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate the tireless commitment of commercial drivers around the country. Here at Drive My Way, we’ve noticed that many of our customers have found creative and thoughtful ways to uplift their drivers with gifts, fun games, and heartfelt messages. 


Keep reading to find out how our customers are shining the spotlight on their drivers this appreciation week, and how they keep the recognition going year round.  


Goody bags, prizes, and more! 

Presents don’t have to be limited to birthdays or the holiday season any more! This September 10-16, many companies will provide their drivers with unique merchandise, useful tools, or fun spirit wearto show their appreciation. A personalized gift is a thoughtful way for carriers to recognize your hard work and show how much they care.  


Company merchandise is a great way to show drivers how important they are to the mission, such as Go-To Transport’s tumbler.

This year, drivers at Go-To Transport can look forward to receiving a fun collection of company merchandise from display tables set up at their locations throughout the country. A Go-To tumbler, pen, and personal thank you card will be available to every company driver that stops by throughout the week. Drivers will also be able to choose between either a baseball cap, beanie, or a hoodie, depending on supplies.  


Drivers for NFI Industries are sure to enjoy choosing from a wide range of fun gear this appreciation week too. With locations across the country and over 4,500 team members, NFI has stepped up by offering company hats, shirts, duffle bags, lunch boxes and more!  


Meanwhile, Schwend, Inc. is utilizing its four locations across the South to set up stations for drivers to receive goody bags and door prizes this appreciation week. Prizes will range from Schwend merchandise to tickets for a weekend vacation!  

At each location, Schwend will also be setting up a breakfast and lunch serving station, where drivers can receive a home cooked meal each day of appreciation week. But for any driver that isn’t able to make it to a company terminal, there’s no need to worry! Schwend will offer to cover a few meals throughout the week for any driver out on the road.  


Do Something Nice 

At each location, Schwend will also be setting up a breakfast and lunch serving station, where drivers can receive a home cooked meal each day of appreciation week. But for any driver that isn’t able to make it to a company terminal, there’s no need to worry! Schwend will offer to cover a few meals throughout the week for any driver out on the road.  


Words of Appreciation  

You can never hear ‘thank you’ too often. For many commercial truck drivers, they aren’t told it enough. This Driver Appreciation Week, many carriers will be sending out a thoughtful message or organizing an exciting event to make sure their drivers know their hard work never goes unnoticed.   


The management team at Go-To Transport has been busy working with their marketing division to create a video of thank you messages for drivers to go on company social media pages. Hearing words of appreciation directly from management helps keep drivers invested in the company mission by highlighting the direct impact they have through their hard work.  


At NFI, it’s clear they know food is the way to everyone’s heart. Besides offering catered breakfast and lunch throughout the week, the company will be holding BBQ cookouts and picnics with food trucks, snow cone trucks, and raffle giveaways to celebrate their hardworking drivers across the country. 


At Schwend, their late summer employee appreciation picnics act as an extension of Driver Appreciation Week each year with cash prizes, CB radio giveaways, games, and more. Held at their Jasper, TN, and Dade City, FL, terminals, the picnics are open for all Schwend employees but focus on drivers and their families.  


Driver Appreciation Week is an annual reminder of the dedication, sacrifice, and commitment of commercial drivers across the nation. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate drivers, and to highlight the incredible contributions they make each day to the economy and our way of life. This is something to be celebrated and appreocaited every day of the year! 


If your company celebrates Driver Appreciation Week in a unique way or you’d like to shout out how your company demonstates their appreiation throughout the year, be sure to reach out to us on social media!  


Living where you work is one of the many adjustments trucker drivers will make once they begin their career driving. One of the best ways to adapt to this situation and create a welcoming environment is to take some initiative to make the truck feel like a home away from home.  At Drive My Way, we love compiling tips for truck drivers to help them with their life and career on the road.  

What are Some Creative Ways Truckers Have Made Their Truck Home? 

Some of the best tricks and tips we have heard from truckers about making their truck feel like home are outlined below.   

Create a Library: If you like to read, you can create a mini library in your cab to house a selection of books or magazines. Add a custom reading light and you are ready for some important downtime after a long day. Make sure you also have your favorite books on tape and podcasts on deck to help pass the time during your drives. 

Dedicate a Space for Entertainment: If you prefer to watch movies, TV shows, or play games, investing in an entertainment space is the perfect way to feel right at home while you’re on the road. Some of the most popular items we have heard truckers adding to their entertainment space include a TV, DVD player, satellite radio, or gaming console. It’s important to remember though, the more electronics and appliances you have onboard, the more important it is to have an inverter as well. An inverter will help spread out the voltage for everything you have plugged in including your TV, phone, tablet, or toaster.  

Add Personalization: Nothing is going to make your truck feel like home more than making it your space. Create a wall to hang up your children’s drawings, photos of friends and family, and memorabilia you collect on your travels. Get creative with wallpaper, steering wheel and seat covers, accent pillows and seat cushions, area rugs, and more! We’ve even seen truck drivers who create a little spa area with relaxing music and an essential oil diffuser!  

Give Yourself a Kitchen: Even though the space in a cab is limited, there are plenty of ways to make a kitchen area that allows you to make tasty meals and snacks. Many truckers make sure to have their favorite appliances onboard including a mini refrigerator (a perfect place for all those magnets you collect at truck stops), microwave, crockpot, coffee maker, toaster, or even an air fryer! Don’t forget to bring along some of your favorite recipes also. 

Make Your Sleeping Area an Oasis on Wheels: Not only is your truck a place to work and eat, but it is also your bedroom. Some of the best ideas we have seen from truckers on how to make their sleeping area inviting include adding curtains to give the space a more private feel, and if you’re really sensitive to light, blackout curtains are the way to go. You can make your bed the perfect fit for every season by having nice cool, cotton sheets for the summer and super soft, flannel ones for the winter. You can also invest in an electric blanket, comfortable pillows, and any other necessities that will help you get your best rest. You can also add mood lighting and a sound machine to create serenity to help you doze off.  

Rotate Your Theme: One way to keep the excitement going with your truck personalization is to have a new theme and matching decorations that you can rotate throughout the year. You can go patriotic for the 4th of July, spooky for Halloween, and merry for Christmas. From holiday lights to bedspreads, you can make your truck feel close to home.   

If you drive a company owned truck, always make sure to check with them before making any modifications to the interior or exterior of the vehicle. While taking any of these steps can give your truck a homier feel, it’s important to remember that if you feel lonely or isolated, get in touch with family and friends, or be social with fellow truckers at stops. A good conversation is an excellent way to break up the monotony of being alone while driving. With a little creativity, your cab can transform into a tiny home rather than feeling like just the back of your truck.  

Do you have a decked-out rig, full of personality? We want to see all the creative ways you have made your truck and cab match your unique needs and style. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to show off your truck and tell us your story.

Summer trucking, just like trucking in all other seasons, comes with its perks and its downsides. For truck drivers with families, the toughest part about being a truck driver during the summer months is finding a good work life balance which allows you to generate income, while still spending important time with your spouse and children. Many drivers will select a job based on how much time they are able to spend at home, so it is very important to find a company that aligns with your needs. The last thing you want to miss is barbecues, trips to amusement parks, or family reunions, so finding this balance is key.  

Depending on your company’s policies, you may have the option to bring a spouse, kids, or the whole crew along on your trips, so our list of tips will be split into two categories: Making the Most of the Summer with Your Family on the Road and Tips for Staying Connected When You Are Away from Your Family.  

Making the Most of the Summer with Your Family on the Road 

According to Healthy Trucking of America, 13.6% of all truck drivers suffer from some level of depression, with one of the leading causes being spending too much time alone. This is especially true for truck drivers with families. The summertime is an important season for spending quality time with family and making new memories, so it is important for truckers to be able to have this time.  

For this reason, many companies offer the flexibility to bring family members along during a haul, so that you don’t miss out on anything. Now, even within a company that permits bringing people onboard your rig, there are different rules and procedures in place, so it is important to check with your company before getting on the road. Some companies have a minimum age requirement for children who will be traveling onboard, for example.  

After determining your company’s  rider policy, you will then want to make sure your cab is suitable for the family. Can more than one person comfortably ride in it? What can you add to make it more kid-friendly? Road trips can already be a lot of work when traveling with children but could be especially taxing if they are not used to riding in a big rig. Before setting off on your trip, make sure you have everything you need to make for a great ride. This can include entertainment for the kids, lots of snacks, pillows for naps, and plenty of ways to stay cool during the inevitable heat of summer 

Another important factor to consider is the actual route of the trip. Some trips may be along routes that wouldn’t be suitable for the whole family, especially if they are known for severe or sudden changes in the weather. Mountain driving may not be for everyone, so if your route requires that, you may want to hold off on that one as a family trip. No matter what route you are taking, plan to make some stops along the way that are both trucker and kid-friendly. By planning ahead, you can make sure there are plenty of places to stop to eat, use the restroom, and even play, along the way. Consider looking for rest stops that offer picnic areas or playgrounds to make sure the kids can get out and stretch their legs during the trip. Making random stops is one of the most memorable parts of a road trip, so you definitely do not want to leave this out! Depending on your route, you may be able to coordinate a stop at popular destinations like these to keep the whole family entertained.  

Taking everyone on the road with you while working a job may not be the typical way to spend a summer vacation together, but it is a unique experience that allows you to show your family what you do, the beauty of the open road, and all the memories you can make along the way.  

Tips for Staying Connected When You Are Away from Your Family  

If your company does not allow you to bring family members on the road with you, or you are traveling on a route with adverse conditions, there are several creative ways to stay in touch with your spouse and kids while you are out working.  

  1. Pen Pals: Handwritten letters and postcards are a fun way to stay in touch with the family and hold much more sentimental value than a text message or email. As you make your way across the country, pick up unique, pretty, or funny postcards or small gifts to send back home. Take pictures of your travels and include those as well. Handwritten communication is rare, which makes it very special, and your kids will definitely want to hang onto the special mementos you took the time to send.  
  1. FaceTime/Video Chat: While handwritten sentiments are incredibly special, technology has evolved in a way that makes being away from your loved ones for extended periods easier with options such as FaceTime or video chats. While these interactions aren’t the same as having your family around in person, they offer a great chance to connect and see what everyone is up to. It also gives you a chance to show your family what life on the road is like and some of the areas you are traveling.  
  1. Social Media: Social media is another way to stay connected with your family, especially if you’re spread out across the country. Sharing pictures of your trip can allow your spouse and kids to feel connected to what you are up to and see a part of the country they may not have seen before. It also allows you to send motivational content to each other, as well as do live videos.  

Do you have special spots you like to travel to with your family during the summer months? Would you like to share how your kids stay entertained while traveling in your truck? Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram to share your stories!  

There’s a reason there are blogs, social media pages, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the safety of female truck drivers. While safety should be every driver’s top priority, women in the trucking industry face unique discrimination and threats to their safety that are serious and continuing to evolve.  


Although women have been pioneers in the commercial driving industry since its origins in the early 1900s, they have had to fight for progress and recognition, as well as for support against safety threats. Modern times have seen improvements in equality behind the wheel, but many female truck drivers still feel like they’re on their own to protect themselves at truck stops and in other industry settings. Keep reading if you’re looking for necessary tips to avoid dangerous situations as a woman in the trucking business.  


Modern Times Means Modern Threats 

Unfortunately, as technology and ideas continue to develop over time, so do the people who abuse them. One threat that is increasingly dangerous for women in the trucking industry is human trafficking 


Truck stops are often safe, relaxing places that give all members of the trucking community a much needed recharge and refuel point. However, they can also be used as points to mark and target solo truck drivers as potential victims, and as stopping points for traffickers already transporting kidnapped women and children.  


Many veteran female truck drivers have potentially life saving tips to avoid dangerous situations that they use no matter where they are.

A solo female truck driver found this zip tie on her air line at a truck stop in the eastern US, a known signal for human traffickers marking a potential victim.

One driver, who will not be identified for her safety, was recently at a truck stop and noticed a zip tie had been put on her emergency air line while she was sleeping. This is a known signal for traffickers, along with tissues, paper, and other small, intentionally placed markers.  


If you encounter something like this, do not attempt to remove the marker on your own. Traffickers sometimes use drugs that can be absorbed through skin contact alone. In a situation like this, it is recommended to get to a safe location immediately and call the police. If this seems dramatic, consider that making a decision like this could be the difference between life or death.  


Tips and Tricks from Women in the Field  

Human trafficking is not the only safety threat that female truckers face. Here at Drive My Way, we have compiled advice that real women in the trucking industry have shared on social media and blogs for how they remain safe and comfortable while still getting the job done.  


Some of the most important and widely shared tips explain how a woman driving solo can make it appear as if she isn’t alone. Making it appear as if you have a driving partner, husband, or even dog can be an easy and effective way to protect yourself at truck stops or in other uncomfortable situations.  


  • If someone asks, say your partner (or dog!) is sleeping in the cab. For this to be the most effective, keep the curtain drawn on your sleeper so no one looking in can tell. If you’re feeling especially uncomfortable in a setting, you might want to pretend to have a conversation with whoever is “behind the curtain.” 
  • Wear a wedding ring. 
  • Order two plates of food/drinks to bring back to the cab.  
  • When entering your cab, knock on the door as if someone is inside, then discreetly open the door yourself.  


Many women have also shared tips that they practice at all times to maintain their safety.  


  • Always check your trailer when you come back for anything out of the ordinary, and lock it before you leave, even if just fueling.  
  • Park as close to the truck stop as you can, and only in well lit areas.  
  • Limit your distractions when outside of your truck, so you can always be aware of your surroundings. This might mean staying off your phone and always being alert.  
  • Consider protection for yourself, such as bear/wasp spray, mace, or a dog (if your company allows it!) 
  • Wear baggy clothing if you are especially uncomfortable in a setting.  



It is a sad reality that female truck drivers face threats to their safety across the country. However, it is important to be aware of this disparity to continue the fight for increased safety regulations and improvements to truck stop security. Women are a fast growing minority in the trucking industry, but there is still a long way to go.  


Are there any safety tips we missed? Which truck stops make you feel the most comfortable and safe? Please let us know on our social media so we can continue to share information that helps make the trucking industry equal for every driver.