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Life is a highway… at least that’s what the song says. But for many truck drivers, that lyric couldn’t be truer. Life IS the highway for many. Truckers have countless hours alone in the cab of the truck. They can cover hundreds of miles of pavement every day. This time behind the wheel gives drivers plenty of time to spend listening to music. We asked our readers to tell us about their favorite music to listen to while driving. Here are the best truck driving songs that our Facebook followers mentioned.

Truckers and Their Tunes

There are countless “trucker” themed music compilations available for drivers. A quick Google search results in thousands of results. You can find CDs, playlists, YouTube videos, streaming channels, as well as an endless trucker-friendly podcasts.

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Songs that Remind them of their Families

Music can transport you to another place, just by listening to a song. The lyrics can put you in a better mood, make you feel happy or sometimes make you feel sad. Some truck driving songs can remind you of your family and friends who aren’t out driving with you.

Old School Country

Johnny Cash is always a popular selection on truckers’ radios as well as other old school country artists like the Possum himself—George Jones. A good guess would be to also find plenty of Willie and Waylon and the others from the same time. These old school country songs cover a lot of ground—just like most truck drivers. They can be about rebellion, lost loves, and there’s plenty of songs simply about having a good time.

Trucker Songs about Long Haul Driving

A classic in this conversation is East Bound and Down. The song was written for the movie Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. It’s a great song about a day in the life of a long-haul driver. “We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there” are perfect lyrics to sum up an over-the-road driver’s life. Hopefully without any Smokies to slow you down.

Religious Song Choices

Some drivers let us know that they fill their time on the road listening to Christian music. There are so many choices for singers and songs in this genre. Listening to Christian or other religious songs while driving can help drivers reflect and be happy while driving. There’s plenty of genres of Christian music available, from true church music, to soft rock to even Christian metal. Sometimes these spiritual or religious choices are perfect truck driving songs to get a driver through their day.

Hard Rock for the Win

Drivers mention many singers and bands that put out hard rock and metal music. These are always going to be popular choices for favorite trucker driving songs. Louder songs can help you pep up and stay alert. AC/DC, Metallica, and Five Finger Death Punch were some choices that our drivers put on their lists! The loud guitars and drums, combined with aggressive and catchy lyrics might be perfect to help a driver concentrate on the road when there’s been miles and miles of nothing to look at for hours.

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many truckers won’t be home to spend the holiday with their significant other. However, that doesn’t mean truck drivers can’t still celebrate.

Here are a few long distance date ideas for truckers that go beyond sending flowers and chocolates.

Have Dinner Together on Skype

Just because you may be miles away doesn’t mean you can’t take a few minutes to enjoy a great dinner together via Skype or FaceTime. Plan what you both will eat together, set up your computer or phone, and eat together as if you were right next to each other.

 

Share a Private Spotify Playlist

Are there songs that instantly remind you of your significant other? Put these on a Spotify playlist and share it with your significant other. Consider just keeping the playlist private between the two of you to be able to listen to throughout the year.

 

Plan Future Dates

Brainstorm a list of the 5 top dates you both want to do once you are home. Try to make sure to plan dates for all seasons and weather. Plan out the dates and even mark them down on the calendar to give you both something fun to look forward to.

 

Watch a Movie Together

Just because you’re not together doesn’t mean you can’t still watch a great movie together. Pick a movie out beforehand, plan the time you both will hit play, and talk about the movie together over the phone. Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite snacks, and enjoy!

 

Play 20 Questions

Get to know your significant other more by playing a quick game of 20 questions. Some questions could include where is your dream vacation spot, what would your perfect day look like, what was your dream job when you were in kindergarten, and what exotic pet would you have.

 

We wish truckers and their significant others across the country a very Happy Valentine’s Day and we hope these long distance date ideas help make the day special.

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truck driver hobbiesWhether you’re already a fan or just need a break from the commercials on the radio, plenty of great audiobooks can help you pass the time on your long or short hauls. Here are 10 audiobooks from a mix of genres with summaries and ratings, thanks to audible.com.

1. Before the Fall

Author: Noah Hawley

Genre: Mystery

Rating (out of 5): 4.2

Length:12 hours, 59 minutes

“On a foggy summer night, 11 people–10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a 4-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.”

2. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Author: Michael Lewis

Genre: Nonfiction (Business)

Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Length: 9 hours, 27 minutes

“Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor.”

3. The Boys in the Boat

Author: Daniel James Brown

Genre: History

Rating (out of 5): 4.8

Length: 14 hours, 25 minutes

“Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic Games in Berlin, 1936.”

4. The Girl on the Train: A Novel

Author: Paula Hawkins

Genre: Thriller

Rating (out of 5): 4.3

Length: 10 hours, 59 minutes

“Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. And then she sees something shocking. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved.”

5. The Kind Worth Killing

Author: Peter Swanson

Genre: Thriller

Rating (out of 5): 4.3

Length: 10 hours, 18 minutes

“On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start–he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit–a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.”

6. The Last Mile

Author: David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery

Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes

“In his No. 1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker–the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller.”

7. Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Genre: Sci-fi

Rating (out of 5): 4.7

Length: 15 hours, 46 minutes

“At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready PlayerOne is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut–part quest novel, part love story and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.”

8. Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

Genre: Sci-fi

Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Length: 16 hours, 12 minutes

“Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.”

9. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Author: Michael Punke

Genre: Historical

Rating (out of 5): 4.4

Length: 9 hours, 12 minutes

“The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman, and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face to face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.”

10. 11/22/63

Author: Stephen King

Genre: Sci-fi

Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Length: 30 hours, 44 minutes

“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King–who has absorbed the social, political and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.”

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Group Slingshot | Flickr - Photo Sharing!In today’s world, employees rarely stay with one company for their entire careers (and staying at a job for years on end may even look bad on a resume these days). But anyone who jumps from job to job too frequently can create a red flag for employers.

So, how can you, as people with CDL trucking jobs, build your skills without getting stuck in a rut? Career site muse.com says  follow these four bits of wisdom, for starters.

1. Learn something new.

If there’s only one thing you can say to prove your time with a company was well spent, it should be that you’ve learned something you didn’t know before. If no one’s offering this learning experience to you, seek it out within the company.

2. Accomplish something hard

It’s no secret that career growth demands progress, and progress requires accomplishments. That’s why it’s easy to spot the difference between those who switch jobs out of boredom and those who do so to further their careers.

3. Make mistakes, then learn from them

The bottom line is that character and determination are built through trial and error. So, be sure that each position you hold is one in which you have to overcome a difficulty, take responsibility and inevitably grow from the experience.

4. Get—and stay—connected

The world of recruiting and referrals has been forever changed by social media. It’s easier than ever to leverage networks like Twitter and LinkedIn to find new job opportunities, which is why you should establish connections with as many colleagues as you can while you are working with a company.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean our appreciation for what you do has to end. Drivers, here’s our Ode to Drivers in its entirety as it appeared on social media over the last week. We hope you enjoy it. Keep up the good work!

And don’t forget to check out Drive My Way’s driver appreciation video right here if you haven’t already. You’re the best!

Drive My Way’s Ode to Drivers

At sunrise, at sunset, in the dark of night, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

From the food at the store to the beer on tap, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

From the cars at the dealer to the gas in our tanks, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

From the electronics in our homes to the clothes on our backs, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

From the coal that heats our winters to the water that soaks our summers, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

At the break of day and in your own way, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

Through rain, snow and sleet, on roads strange and familiar, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

At rush hour, in the frost of morning, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

When you’d rather be home, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

In the blazing heat, on icy roads, in white outs, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

Day in, day out, when it’s got to get there, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.

Uphill, downhill, around the bend, you make it happen. Truck drivers, thank you.