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Some Ins and Outs of the Semi-Truck Lifestyle

Driving a semi-truck is a tough job. Stress, deadlines, and long stretches of road with nothing to do make up most of the workday, but what about all the things in between? What's the daily life of a trucker really like?

As many will tell you, trucking is as much a lifestyle as it is a job. The demands of the career will see you in your truck and on the road for the majority of the year. As a result, it's not as easy as punching the clock and going home at the end of the day. Some truckers can even go months without seeing their family and friends back home.

A major part of starting life as a trucker is getting to know your rig and how to handle it. After the basic courses involved in earning a license, you should be fairly comfortable with the skills you'll need, but there's still a learning curve when it comes to really being out there on the road. The best way to practice is, of course, just driving.

When it comes to food, it typically depends on the trucker's taste and what kind of equipment they have (or are allowed to have) in their trucks. Many turn to fast food to get through the majority of their jobs. Others, however, might have microwaves, hot plates, and mini-fridges plugged in to cook up something more substantial. Some might even have things like coffee makers at the ready. A lot of it will depend on how much money a trucker has on hand, as most aren't paid for their work until they've either dropped off their load or returned home, meaning careful budgeting will be in order to make it through each trip without running out of funds.

Because of where they work (in a truck), truckers inevitably lead a more sedentary lifestyle than most other workers. To stay in shape, some take the opportunity to visit local gyms in towns where they've stopped, while others do simple isometric exercises that are easy to do just about anywhere. Stretching is important, too, and every trucker should take the chance to walk around and stretch their legs when the opportunity presents itself.

In the end, while the life of a trucker isn't easy, it's uniquely appealing in ways no other career can match. No set hours, no dress code, and the quiet solitude of the road all to yourself has a definite charm to it. If this sounds interesting, maybe it's time to consider a career in trucking.