The law forces professional drivers to take breaks for hours between driving intervals. Hence the burning need to fill that time and relax not only the body, but more importantly, the mind. Drivers with years of experience certainly have their own proven ways, but even they need to break out of the routine. What then? Today, we present a list of top 10 leisure activities during rest on the road
Something for body and soul
New EU regulations have significantly improved the working conditions that employers must comply with when sending drivers on the road. From the latest news, it is an obligation to provide adequate accommodation requirements for vans. There is a growing concern for the mental health of professionals. According to recent studies, loneliness and extreme exhaustion on the road can become a cause of depression, dementia, or other disorders. Obesity, heart attack, or stroke – caused by a sedentary lifestyle and irregular meals – is an equally big threat to professional drivers.
Fortunately, there is a very easy way to prevent all of the aforementioned risks. Finding the right activities not only improves your mood, but, most importantly, will take care of your physical and mental health – three birds with one stone. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top 10 road trip distractions
Entertainment on the road
It is extremely important to have even the simplest hobby. This way you will relieve stress and at least for a moment forget about the worries of everyday life. Even on the road you can do something productive and developing. An additional advantage here will be the opportunity to practice your hobby in company. And what if you don’t have any hobbies? In this case – grab a book, start a blog on a topic that interests you (for example, automotive, sports, photography, travel). It’s also a good idea to take a fishing rod on the road – no one needs convincing that this is the perfect way to relax and strengthen social bonds
Even the smallest physical exertion has a positive effect on a person’s mental and physical health. This is no different for professional drivers. A good idea would be to go to the increasingly popular gyms for drivers – besides the health benefits, it’s also a great place to meet new people and have a good time. Ultimately, even a simple walk is enough to do something good for your body
Remote contact and spending time with your family
Disconnection is one of the biggest problems for professional drivers. That’s why it’s a good idea to use the video chat option as often as possible. Applications such as Skype, Messenger, or FaceTime can be used for this purpose. A great idea here would be to use games and activities, so that you can spend time with your family in a pleasant way and have some fun
Nothing works as well for motivational resources as a lavish reward for a job well done. The trail is the perfect place to plan your next family outing. This is facilitated by numerous trips to Polish and European cities. Being on the spot, you can easily find out which attractions are worth your attention and where you would like to stay for longer. It is also very practical to get first-hand information
Although visiting more attractions is certainly impossible due to time constraints. It is worth exploring one or two places that are nearby. Staying abroad is an ideal opportunity to get a glimpse of the country’s culture.
Our next suggestion will take care of your physical condition and make you able to go to more remote places. So you’ll be able to stand at an interesting viewpoint or ride a forest trail. Consider taking your bike on the road
While getting acquainted with the culture of a country, it’s worth trying the local cuisine. Let’s be honest – you need to satisfy your hunger anyway, so why not try something new. Who knows, maybe through inspiration you will discover a deeply hidden culinary talent?
Rally’s or car shows are the perfect opportunity to meet other avid car enthusiasts. Most of them are so diverse that everyone is sure to find something for themselves – from motorcycles to buses. It is a good idea to find out in advance about upcoming rallies.
Truck Mechanic Simulator
On the road, knowledge of truck construction proves invaluable. Repeated breakdowns do not have to be a reason to become frustrated and resigned. Truck Mechanic Simulator is a simple game that will help you have fun and relax
Undisputedly, barbecuing is the national sport of the Poles. Sausages, cold beer and the setting sun are the conditions for getting to know your fellow drivers. Along the route, at rest stops, you can more and more often find places offering this type of attractions. It is worth taking advantage of them