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.  

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 


Should I become a truck driver? It’s a common question for anyone who is considering a change of career and is interested in the transportation and shipping industry. Perhaps you have your CDL but want to pursue a job as a truck driver over driving a bus. Regardless of what led you to this question, it is important to consider whether it is a good fit for you before becoming a truck driver 

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Truck Driver 

A career in truck driving is extremely rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Some of the top reasons that drivers have shared with us about why they became truck drivers are listed below. 

  1. Ideal Job for People from Different Walks of Life: There is no set profile for a truck driver. The industry has become incredibly diverse and people from all different walks of life choose to become truck drivers. People fresh out of high school consider it as a career, but for many people it is a 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th career that they arrive at in their middle age. Truck driving is a great career option for both men and women, people from different educational backgrounds, and is especially an ideal job for veterans. No two truck driver stories are the same, which is why it is a career that appeals to a wide variety of people.
  2. Opportunity to Travel: If you have ever wanted to get on the road and see different parts of the country, then trucking is the perfect career choice for you. Many people choose a career as a truck driver solely for this purpose. If your company allows guests to accompany you on your truck, then it is also a great opportunity to show your family other states as well. 
  3. Independent or Team Environment: The beauty of trucking is that you can be as independent or social as you want while working. For those who crave freedom, minimal supervision, and nothing but solace and the open road, driving solo is a great career fit. If you would prefer not to be alone, you can consider a team driving job which allows you to drive with another person, which can be a friend or even your spouse. Depending on what kind of job you would prefer, there is something for everyone in the world of trucking. 
  4. Job Stability: Companies are always looking to boost their roster with experienced, quality truck drivers, which makes trucking a stable field which is largely in demand. Trucking is an essential industry and when you choose to be a truck driver, you are often able to find work quickly. With the right company, you can also look forward to an array of benefits including opportunities for career advancement, mentorship, competitive compensation, home time, and more. 
  5. Purpose and Focus: Whether you are fresh out of school or looking to change careers later in life, truck driving is a career which can provide you with purpose and focus. Truck driving is a challenging job, but it is full of unique opportunities and provides the chance to contribute to a field that is vital to communities across America. 

At Drive My Way, we are proud to help drivers across the nation find the right trucking job that matches their unique needs. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated with new job openings and exciting announcements.  

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!  

Trucking is one of the best known, but least understood, careers in America. Truck drivers have been essential to the economy and our daily life for over a century, and trucking movies are an interesting way to explore some different aspects of this important field.  


Trucking movies range from the hilarious, cowboy-types seen in the late 70s, trucker-mania phase to over-the-top horror brought to you by famous creators like Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. Documentaries have explored the serious sides of trucking, and box-office hits have brought romance, action, and mystery from behind the wheel to the big screen.  


Whether you’re looking to relax on a thirty-four hour reset or need entertainment on a late night stop, these movies might just show you a side of trucking you’ve never seen. Keep reading to discover eight movies every trucker should watch.  


Convoy (1978) – Available for Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Tubi  

Based on the 1975 classic country song of the same name, Convoy tells the story of truck driver Martin ‘Rubber Duck’ Penwald (Kris Kristofferson) and his feud with a corrupt sheriff (Ernest Borgnine). Arriving at the height of the CB radio/trucking mania that spread across America in the late 1970s, the movie is an exciting, action-packed ode to the outlaw trucking mentality and the bond formed between drivers. Now considered a classic, it might remind you of the plotline of a few other trucking films from the time. But hey, if it’s not broken, why fix it?  


The Ice Road (2021) – Available for Streaming on Netflix 

Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne take the lead in this gripping thriller that follows a big-rig ice road driver on a seemingly impossible rescue mission to save a group of miners trapped underground in remote northern Canada. With a surprising amount of twists and fast-paced action, the movie is sure to be a hit with any truck driver or thrill seeker.  


Maximum Overdrive (1986) – Available for Rent on Amazon Prime Video 

Master of horror Stephen King’s first (and only) time in the director’s chair came with this over-the-top take on what could happen if technology came to life with a passion to kill. Although it is considered more of a horror-comedy by today’s standards, there are plenty of gory scenes that  could make any truck owner’s skin crawl. If homicidal rigs and possessed vending machines weren’t enough for you, the movie was soundtracked entirely by AC/DC and contains the best-selling single “You Shook Me All Night Long.” It can’t get more 80s than that! 


Duel (1971) – Available for Rent on Amazon Prime Video 

Stephen King isn’t the only big name in Hollywood to get his start with a truck-themed horror movie. Famous director Steven Spielberg’s first film follows a businessman (Dennis Weaver) who suddenly finds himself being chased and terrorized by a mostly-unseen big rig driver. Considered one of the greatest films ever made for television, this fast paced and exciting thriller puts a new spin on the high speed chase genre.  


Sorcerer (1977) – Available for Rent on Amazon Prime Video 

While on paper this movie might seem like just another big budget film pushed out during the trucking craze, its story is as original and gripping as it was forty years ago. Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) tells the stories of four criminals from across the globe who are given a second chance at freedom if they can successfully maneuver two trucks full of unstable dynamite (leaking nitroglycerin) up a long and rocky mountain road in order to plug an escalating oil refinery blaze in the Latin American jungle. This action-packed adventure film is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, and might just inspire you to say yes to carrying a future high-risk, high-reward freight.  


Big Rig (2007) – Available for Rent on Google Play or for Free in Full on YouTube 

Probably the most famous documentary focusing on long-haul truckers, this movie is also a study of everyday American life. The film features the stories of truck drivers from across the country who share their experiences and struggles. This documentary does a great job at showing the people behind the wheel of one of America’s most important jobs, and it’s sure to resonate with any viewer, truck driver or not.  


They Drive by Night (1940) – Available for Rent on Amazon Prime Video 

While a movie this old might not appeal to everyone, it’s on this list for a reason. Not only does it star the talented Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan, it’s an exciting story about two brothers and a hard-talking waitress who come together to solve a murder and find romance on the open road. Full of thrills and an early look at the growing trucking industry, this movie is sure to stand out to any trucker movie fan.  


Smokey and the Bandit (1978) – Available for Streaming on Netflix 

What list could be complete without this trucker classic? The movie that kicked off the cultural craze for truckers and CB radio across the country, this Burt Reynolds hit follows two bootleggers smuggling Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta. Filled with high-speed chase scenes, hilarious run-ins with the law, and some iconic lines, Smokey and the Bandit is a classic for a reason.  


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How NFI Industries Supports Military Veterans

NFI Industries is a leading supply chain solutions provider that offers a range of services, including dedicated transportation, distribution, and global logistics. NFI is also a proud employer of veterans, who make up 12% of its driver workforce. 

NFI greatly values their veteran drivers for their dedication, professionalism, and performance. Veteran drivers are not only reliable and safe drivers, but also loyal and engaged employees who positively contribute to NFI’s culture and mission. NFI operates with honesty, transparency, and accountability in everything they do, and their veteran drivers uphold these standards and earn the trust and respect of their customers and colleagues. 

Additionally, NFI respects and appreciates the sacrifices that veterans have made for their country and their families. Veteran drivers enjoy flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits, and opportunities for personal and professional development. 

NFI understands the challenges and opportunities that veterans face when transitioning to civilian careers. That’s why they offer various programs and resources to help veterans succeed as professional drivers and grow within the company. 

NFI’s Veteran Support Programs and Resources

Some of NFI’s programs and resources include: 

  • The Veterans Engagement Team (VET), an Employee Resource Group (ERG), supports NFI’s military veterans with the different resources they have available, uplifts them, and partners up with local veteran outreach organizations like Hiring Our Heroes. The VET also gives veteran drivers a voice and a platform to share their feedback and ideas with NFI’s leadership team. 
  • The Troops into Transportation program, which helps veterans obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) through training and tuition assistance. This program is designed to help veterans transition from the military to the trucking industry by providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to drive safely and efficiently 
  • The Apprenticeship program provides on-the-job training and mentorship for new drivers, as well as a monthly stipend from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This program is registered and partnered with the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program and has SAA approval that allows veterans to use their GI Bill benefits. 
  • The Military Friendly Employer designation, which demonstrates NFI’s commitment to hiring, retaining, and advancing veterans within the company This designation is based on NFI’s policies, practices, and outcomes related to veteran employment and career development. 
  • The Veteran Driver of the Year award, which recognizes and honors a veteran driver who exemplifies NFI’s core values and delivers exceptional service to customers. This award is presented annually during NFI’s Driver Appreciation Week. 

NFI Industries is committed to recognizing and supporting its veteran drivers and providing them with rewarding and fulfilling careers. NFI appreciates the skills and experience that veterans bring to the trucking industry and how their values align with the company’s vision. NFI is always looking for more veterans to join their team. 

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The Benefits of Truck Driving Jobs for Military Veterans

Trucking jobs offer flexibility for veterans to spend time with family and explore the country. CDL jobs provide good salaries, job security, and career advancement. They also play a crucial role in our economy by transporting goods across the country.

Why Veterans Should Consider a Truck Driving Career

Military veterans have a natural edge when it comes to truck driving careers. The skills learned in the military, across various branches and roles, can be effortlessly applied to truck driving. With a successful military career, you most likely already have the traits that make for a great commercial truck driver. Don’t be surprised to realize how much potential you have in this line of work.

Work Environment

Truck driving careers offer a unique blend of independence and camaraderie. Drivers enjoy the freedom to choose their own hours and income while also being supported by their carrier and a tight-knit community of fellow drivers. With the potential for high earnings, a career in truck driving is an attractive option for veterans seeking a fulfilling and flexible career path.

Skills and Requirements

Truck driving demands a thorough understanding and adherence to rigid government safety regulations and company policies, which include mandatory rest periods and defensive driving practices. Adhering to these guidelines is essential for truck drivers to enjoy a long, prosperous career. Most veterans already possess the fundamental skills that trucking companies seek during intensive training and field experience, such as situational awareness, dependability, leadership, management, and teamwork. Furthermore, disciplined and committed military veterans won’t have any trouble acquiring specific driving skills through CDL training and driver orientation.

Waive the skills test!

Veterans with significant military driving experience may be eligible for a skills test waiver, and those with a CDL from their time in the military can start their driving career with a higher pay rate.

Job Security

Veterans seeking job security, a steady income, and retirement options should consider a truck driving career. Your talents are in high demand. It’s an excellent career transition option for retired veterans with the added benefit of company benefits.

The trucking industry needs skilled and dedicated drivers. Fortunately, military veterans possess the qualities and capabilities that make them ideal candidates for a successful career in truck driving. With the added benefits and support available to veterans, this path offers a promising and fulfilling option for those seeking a new direction.

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