truck driver hobbies

Let’s face it: truck driving is a challenging job that some may consider long and boring. You’re on the road for up to 12-14 hours at a time and away from home for days and weeks. Having time for hobbies may seem a bit unpractical since your hands are on the wheel the entire time!

The good news is that there are many hobbies you can pursue while in the cab or during a rest break. Hobbies can help pass the time on the road, relieve stress, and also keep the mind active and fresh. Check out our top 7 recommendations for truck driver hobbies.

truck driver hobbies podcasts1. Podcasts

There are hundreds of podcast options for whatever your interest may be in—history, sports, news, interviews, true crime mysteries, etc.

There are even podcasts about the trucking industry which will give you valuable information for developing your career.

Most podcasts are available for free and have very few advertisements. Best of all, this is a hands-free hobby to pursue behind the wheel. is a good start, but search other apps and podcast libraries for the topics that interest you. Pick a few episodes and build a playlist that can run while you’re driving.

truck driver hobbies photography2. Document your journey

If you’re a fan of taking pictures, then you probably already take a few snaps of the beautifully scenic views you can find while at work. If you’re not into photography yet, what better excuse to get started than driving across the country for work? You can tap into your creative side and build a new interest. Try it out with your smartphone first and then invest in a camera if you really get into it.

In addition, this hobby can be expanded if you don’t mind making your photos public. Start a photography blog and share your stories and thoughts along with your photos. Write about your travels, the unique sights you see, and the interesting people you meet. Also, sharing your blog and photos helps you stay in touch with friends and family at home, and let’s them know what you’re up to.

easy-exercises-workout-truck-drivers3. Exercise

Working out while on the road helps your health goals, but also relieves stress and helps you feel confident and relaxed. However, it can be tough to find time to hit the gym while working, so start out with short exercises during rest breaks.

Bring some weights you can use in the cab, or try lunges, sit-ups, and push-ups.

In addition, a few years ago, exercise scientists published findings recommending “the scientific 7-minute workout” which is based on high-intensity interval training and can replace longer workouts. If nothing else, you can go for a quick jog or run around rest centers while on break. Also, researchers have found that even 30 minutes of walking every day has some of the same health benefits as longer and more intense workouts.

truck driver hobbies4. Audio Books

Audio books are becoming very popular during the average person’s work commute. This hands-free alternative to reading is perfect for truck drivers who can’t (and shouldn’t!) be turning pages and reading while driving.

Getting back into your reading list can keep you up to date on the latest bestsellers, or catch you up on classics that you never got around to.

Some suggestions of where to get started are and While they aren’t free, most of these services will offer a one-month free trial before charging you. In addition, if you prefer the feeling of a book in your hands and the satisfaction of turning the page, regular old-fashioned books serve as a great option while not driving.

truck driver hobbies musical instrument5. Creative Arts

Being away from home doesn’t mean you can’t dabble in the arts and express your creative side. If you’ve ever played an instrument but have been out of practice, now is the time to pick it up again. In addition, you could start learning the instrument you’ve always been interested in but never found time for. There are hundreds of tutorial videos and resources online you can watch while not driving. If you have a music instructor locally, you can check-in for a lesson whenever you get back home periodically.

However, if music has never been your jam, try creative writing or painting. Many drivers try their hand at writing short stories or poetry. It’s also easy to keep simple materials in the cab like a folding easel, canvas, and painting utensils. It’s a misconception that some people aren’t artistic—they just haven’t found the right one for them.

truck driver hobbies collection6. Start a cool collection

Truck driving takes you all over the country. Keep souvenirs and build memories by starting a small collection. Typically people collect stamps or coins, but it could be anything that catches your fancy. If each item is something unique from the town or state you got it from, that’s all you need.

In addition, similar to the blog idea, add these items to a scrapbook or trunk box and pair each collectible with a cool story or memory of where and how you find it. You’ll be surprised what kinds of trinkets you can find for cheap across the country.

truck driver hobbies language7. Language-learning programs

You’ve always wanted to learn German, right? Or was it Swahili? Most people who aren’t bilingual wish they were, and bilinguals are usually trying to add a third or fourth language to their skills. The biggest obstacle holding people back from learning a new language isn’t money or resources, but time.

In addition, with audio-driven language learning programs, you learn a little bit everyday while still behind the wheel. Researchers constantly find new cognitive benefits of bilingualism, like improved memory and critical thinking. Look into a few audio programs online, select a program or playlist, and hit play!

Although many people believe that truck drivers don’t really have time for hobbies, that can’t be further from the truth. Hands-free audio apps and tons of time make some hobbies ideal for truck drivers. Others can be pursued while on breaks or rest time. Engaging in truck driver hobbies will help pass the time quicker, keep you from being bored, and help contribute to a more fulfilling life.


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Cherie and Taylor Barker

Cherie and Taylor Barker

Cherie Barker always dreamed of having a store where she could refinish furniture. She just never dreamed that her husband, a truck driver, would be the one to make it reality.

But when Cherie set her sights on buying a kitchen island for $2,200, destiny intervened.

“I told her I could build one cheaper than that,” her husband, Taylor Barker, recalls. “She said, ‘Build it then.’ I did build it, and I never stopped.”

Taylor not only built the island, he soon built end tables and a coffee table to match.

“I was surprised he could do it so well,” Cherie says. “But he wasn’t surprised. We saw it as an opportunity.”

A refinished bench Taylor did

Bench refinished by Cherie and Taylor

Taylor’s talent for furniture making flourished so much so fast that four years ago the Barkers established a furniture business in Tennessee. They recently gave it a new name, Cherie’s Boutique, and moved to a new, coveted space on bustling Broad Street in the heart of Kingsport, Tenn. Now Cherie’s longtime dream is becoming reality.

Taylor, an OTR owner operator leased to Heniff Transportation, spends about 3 weeks on the road at a time.

He gets only seven to 10 days of home time a month and spends nearly all of it crafting and repurposing masterpieces in his wood shop.

"Man cave" coolers

“Man cave” coolers

While the Barkers repurpose everything from doors and windows to beds and benches, customers love Taylor’s window-style coffee tables and “man cave” coolers most of all. His coolers have taken off in a big way, thanks to their following among famous country singers such as Daryle Singletary and Joe Diffie. Cherie’s Boutique also sells used furniture and other unique items.

Painting and re-purposing are Cherie’s passions.

The idea of giving new life to old items excites her. “I love recreating something new out of old things, saving something,” she says. “Grandma’s dresser doesn’t go to the trash heap and you make it beautiful again. It’s art with function.”

Taylor, meanwhile, may have begun building as a hobby, but by now he knows building is in his blood. His father was a contractor, and Taylor himself has an innate gift for working angles and numbers. It’s only natural that he took up woodworking. “I like to think of something and create it,” he says.

Generous Spirit

taylor-window-tablesBut for the Barkers, it’s not enough simply to create. “I believe that to be successful you have to give back,” Taylor says.

And boy do the Barkers give back. They do a lot for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and for military veterans, using their business to support those causes whenever they can.

“I’m a veteran myself. I spent 10 years in the military, so I understand what veterans go through,” Taylor says. “I don’t care if my name is mentioned in any benefit I do to help veterans or kids. I just do it to help. If you can’t help your fellow man when they need help, then you’re really useless.”

Taylor’s band (he’s also a talented musician) performed in 100 benefits and opened for The Band Perry.

“At the end of the day, we’re all people, trying to accomplish the same dream of life,” Taylor reasons.

taylor-after-2The Barkers are living their own dream right now. Taylor loves seeing the smiles on his clients’ faces when they see their heirlooms transformed. And while he’s had a CDL trucking job for 20 years, he hopes his furniture business thrives and he can retire from trucking. Until then, he’ll continue to balance both careers.

Cherie, for her part, embraces the opportunity to re-purpose furniture and at long last live out her dream.

“It’s surreal,” she says. “It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here. Working toward a goal is one thing. To look up one day and know you’re there is a whole other thing. It’s like arriving at Disney Land.”

For creative gift ideas anytime of year, check out Cherie’s Boutique on Facebook and follow Taylor on Instagram. Got a similar story of your own? Connect with Drive My Way on social media here and share your story with us.


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Jazz, blues, folk, rock, Bill “GS” Bass can play it all. He grew up in a musical family where if you had an instrument you played it, and if you didn’t have an instrument, you improvised. Bass took to bass guitar as a kid growing up on Long Island. He liked it so much he took the name of the instrument as well.

While Bass first started strumming in sixth grade, his passion for bass guitar has stood the test of time. He’s had a CDL trucking job since the 1990s. Today he drives part-time for Roehl Transport and spends his home time jamming with other musicians at clubs in Phoenix, Ariz.


Bass’s truck

“Every song you play is not going to be perfect,” Bass says. “The goal is to have a good time onstage and hopefully that energy spreads to the audience.”

When he’s in his element, the audience can see Bass’s passion unfolding in real time. To be good, you should understand music theory, have the right timing and have a good ear, he says.

Bass strives to bring all of that to his own performance whenever he plays. If he succeeds, the audience will feel it as much as he does.


“You want to be able to feel the music in time and be an ensemble player,” Bass says. “For a bassist, the drummer is usually your best friend onstage. You tend to play off of those rhythms.”

When it comes to shining moments, one special moment especially stands out for Bass. He was jamming at Pho Cao in Scottsdale, Ariz., when a special guest stopped by. It was legendary drummer Jerome Teasley, who made a name for himself playing with Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner and Motown greats.

“That was a proud moment for me,” says Bass of jamming with Teasley. “As far as having  a moment where ‘Oh my gosh, it can’t get any better than this,’ that would definitely be it.”



Bass has played in several bands over the years. They’ve run the gamut from jazz to rock. But those days are over. Bass prefers to cut loose in jam sessions and get caught up in the revelry of the moment.

“My friends are my mentors,” he says. “They’re exceptional players, and I aspire to play like them. A lot happens in jam situations. You play onstage with three or four other people, nobody knows what’s going to happen.”

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