Truck and delivery drivers, did you make any “New Year’s Resolutions” for 2023? At Lee-Smith, we’re resolving to do our part to help you get the job done. This includes providing you with the service and parts you need and the high-quality customer service you deserve. However, there’s another component to this that is just as important. We take it upon ourselves to remind each of you to take care of yourself. For this month’s blog, we’ve put together a list of resolutions to help you focus more on your personal well-being this year.

The Research 

Before we go any further, we want to talk about “the why” behind our reason for creating this list of resolutions for truck drivers. Our team understands that when you’re busy working to get a delivery to its destination, it can be easy to push your needs to the side. Unfortunately, you may actually be doing more harm than good. The Centers for Disease Control has published a list of the major health concerns that truck drivers often face. The CDC says that compared to people who work in other occupations, truck drivers are twice as likely to smoke and struggle with obesity. Both of these can lead to serious health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. However, by making the necessary changes now to live a healthier, happier life, you can lower your risk of chronic illness. 

Resolve to Stay Active

Make finding time to exercise a priority. Being physically active is very beneficial for your mind and body. CDC experts say that regular exercise helps improve brain health, strengthens your body, assists with weight management, and lowers your risk of disease. The goal is to get 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise weekly. However, this is not always possible on the road. Don’t let this discourage you though. Instead, we encourage you to get creative. For instance, you can take 10-15 minute walks when you stop for breaks. You can also carry small exercise gear like dumbbells, a jump rope, and resistance bands with you in your truck. Finding an accountability partner can also be beneficial. Whether it’s another truck driver or a family member, they can help you stay on track. 

Resolve to Eat Healthily

Is eating healthily while on the road easy? Not always. Is it possible? Absolutely! The key is to plan ahead. Pack healthy snacks like almonds, protein bars, whole grain pretzels, crackers with a small amount of peanut butter, and dried fruit. You can also pick up items that are not as easy to travel with and keep fresh at truck stops. These items include fresh fruit, low-fat cheese, tuna, yogurt, and lean lunch meats like turkey and ham. Also, try to avoid eating lots of ultra-processed foods like potato chips, fast food, candy, etc. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. 

Resolve to Stay Connected

Being away from family and friends is never easy. Thankfully, technology makes it easier to stay in touch with loved ones. Truck driving can be a lonely occupation, but we want to help change that. A 2012 study found that close to 30% of truck drivers surveyed struggled with loneliness. Please make time every day to call your loved ones. Thanks to applications like FaceTime and Zoom, you can talk to family members face to face even when you’re miles apart. Also, don’t be afraid to make friends with other truck drivers you meet along the way. You could make that person’s day just by saying hello and carrying on a conversation with them.

Resolve to Get Enough Rest

Your body needs sleep to function. The CDC says that adults need to get 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. When your body is sleep-deprived, fatigue can become a real issue. We recently put together a list of tips to help truck drivers combat drowsy driving and fatigue. You can check it out here. Also, check the labels on medications like allergy and cold medicines before taking them since drowsiness can be a side effect. 

Resolve to Take Care of Your Mental Health

Mental health is an important topic that we don’t talk about enough. The same 2012 study we referenced above also found that 27% of the truck drivers they surveyed struggled with depression. Today, finding someone to talk to if you are feeling depressed is easier than ever. Many providers now offer telehealth services so that you can talk to a counselor from wherever you are in the world. Another way you can cope is by spending some time outside in nature. Studies have found that being out in nature can help you relax and increase your focus so that you’ll feel refreshed when you get back on the road. 

One Last Word

It is truly our honor to serve you at Lee-Smith. Truck and delivery drivers, you all are the reason that our world is able to function the way it does. Please remember to take care of yourselves. As always, you’re welcome to relax in our customer lounge any time you stop by. We have recliners and lounge chairs, coffee, a TV, and a washer and dryer that are available for you to use. We can’t wait to see you next time you stop by. 

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As Santa’s helpers, truck and delivery drivers make many sacrifices over the course of the holiday season. Being away from loved ones can be especially challenging this time of year. However, we believe it is important that you still celebrate on the road. Our Lee-Smith team has put together a list of ways to enjoy the season with your family and make the holidays special no matter where you are. 

The Gift of Technology
Truckers, we know you use technology every single day. We think we can all agree that GPS is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Facetime, Zoom, and Skype rank right up there with it. Video calling your loved ones is a great way to still be involved in making holiday memories. If your family watches a certain Christmas movie or reads a special story each year, you can join them! You can also enjoy a meal with them over the phone. It may not be the same as being with your family in person, but seeing their faces and hearing their voices is sure to bring a smile to your face. 

Elf on the… Road
Elf on the Shelf is all the rage these days. As truck drivers, you have a really cool opportunity to take this tradition to a whole new level. If you have little ones, then take an elf with you on the road. Take photos and videos of the elf enjoying adventures. Your kids will have some really cool stories to tell their friends about how their elf caused mischief at a truck stop or saw the world’s largest rubber band ball. 

Take Home With You
Your cab is your home away from home, so why not make it feel like home? Decorate it with family photos. Bring along blankets and trinkets that remind you of home. For the holidays, you can even get a battery-powered Christmas tree and hang some lights. Also, if you get to head home before you venture back out, take some of your favorite foods and goodies with you. 

Eat With Fellow Truck Drivers
You're bound to run into other truck drivers at a restaurant or truck stop who are in the same situation as you. This is a great opportunity to celebrate together and provide each other with some much-needed company. If you have time, grab a meal together. It may not be your usual Christmas dinner, but the holidays are about sharing joy and love with others. 

Be Flexible with Your Holiday Schedule
Just because Christmas is on December 25th doesn’t mean your family can’t celebrate it at a time that works for everyone. By planning your celebration around your schedule, you can make it home for all of the exciting moments. Plus, who doesn’t want a few extra days to sing Christmas carols and watch classic holiday films?

One Last Word
To every driver who will be working over the holidays, thank you. It is because of you that families will get to exchange gifts and gather around the table together for Christmas dinner. You all keep our world going, and we will never be able to thank you enough for the sacrifices you make each and every day. 

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Dear Truck & Delivery Drivers.

November 23rd, 2022

Dear Truck & Delivery Drivers.

Unprecedented times. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard what feels like a million times since March of 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic struck the United States and changed the way we live, a number of heroes stepped up to the plate to ensure we would have what we needed. Doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to help the sick. Teachers taught from their living rooms virtually to help kids stay ahead. Grocery store workers, food service workers, and many other front line employees went above and beyond to help when there were more questions than answers. All of these individuals are incredible, but we want to highlight the heroes who drove overnight to deliver PPE and toilet paper. The truck drivers who worked overtime to keep store shelves stocked. The local delivery drivers who worked to ensure every online order was delivered while the country was shut down. 

This letter is for you, truck and delivery drivers. Looking back over the past almost two years, we know things have not been easy. However, you all never backed down, and your hard work did not go unnoticed. To be honest, you all saved countless lives because you made sure hospitals had the supplies they needed to help COVID patients. Those of you who deliver food to schools made it possible for them to put together meals students could pick up so they would have something to eat while they learned from home. Then once the coronavirus vaccine was ready, you all helped distribute it across the country so that we could begin returning to our normal lives. No matter what role you played, you made a difference.

You know, several years back, CDL Life wrote an article about what would happen if trucks just stopped. In less than a day, we would begin to feel the impact because hospitals would begin running out of basic supplies. Within 2-3 days, food shortages would become a major issue, and gas stations would run out of fuel. CDL Life says that within a month, clean water would be scarce and people would begin getting sick because of their weakened immune systems. As you can see, you all are a necessity to our country. Next time you begin feeling stressed or tired on the job, just remember that all of us at Lee-Smith appreciate you and the work you do every single day. 

As we approach the holiday season, we know you all are going to become even busier as you help Santa deliver. If your truck or delivery vehicle begins acting up during this season, we are here to help just like always. All you have to do is give us a call at 423-622-4161. Our service team is honored to serve you and help you get back on the road. 

Never forget that we have your back. Keep up the good work. 


Lee-Smith, Inc. 

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