Welcome to “Thoughts from the Road.” As you drive along on your daily journey, no matter where you’re going, you have a lot of time on your hands. “Thoughts from the road” is a blog dedicated to that time we share on the road together. What will you do with your time?

Professional drivers spend a lot of time behind the wheel. This includes truck drivers, salespeople, cab drivers and any other person who spends their time driving from place to place for, or as, their job. Some drivers spend upwards of sixty to seventy hours per week on the road. And, of course, there is also the general public driving to and from errands, commuting to work, transporting their kids around and travelling to their favourite vacation spots.

As we all know, when you’re driving, you should be paying close attention to what you’re doing. The number one thing is safety, when you’re on the roads. We all want to get home to our loved ones at the end of the day. But sometimes unexpected things happen.

So, let’s say that you are preparing to hit the road to wherever you may want to go. When you first decide to take that trip, what is on your mind? Having a clear mind is the key to a safe journey. Don’t let an issue get in the way of your safety. This tends to happen a lot. People are thinking about something and not paying attention, and then the unforeseen happens. Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered the last few miles that you drove? What were you thinking about? Scary, eh?! It happens a lot.

Common things people think about that could affect their journey, before and while driving:

  • A fight with a loved one (anger or sadness)
  • Money Issues (debt)
  • Not giving yourself enough time (not being prepared)
  • Job Interviews/Reviews
  • Can’t find something
  • Health or family related issues
  • Weather Issues

Some or all these things can have a devastating affect on whether or not you safely arrive alive at your destination. When you’re busy thinking about “stuff,” you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing. We all know what can happen when we are distracted while driving. No one on the road is intending to hurt another person. So how do you keep this from happening?

5 Mindful Tips for staying safe on the highway:

Before you go:

  • take a few moments to clear your head
  • try to resolve your issues
  • breathe before you leave, this will help!
  • leave yourself lots of time
  • never drive angry, and put the phone down, it can wait!

These are practices that you can do anytime you feel anxiety or overwhelmed about your circumstances while on the road. As with everything, the more we do it, the easier it becomes. If you would like help with learning some mindfulness practices contact me at info@themindfultrucker.com or visit our website here at themindfultrucker.com.

Until Next time…

Dana G. Smith, CC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Relationship Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker, helping companies and professional drivers with better Health, Safety, Wellness & Driver Solutions.