In addition to providing truck drivers with up-to-date information on trucking jobs, trucking schools and owner/operator positions, FindaTruckingJob.com now offers a section titled, "Trucking Life," geared toward all aspects of driving culture. It's a place where commercial truck drivers can improve their health, relationships, recreation and jobs, while touching base with others in the field.
Truck driving as a field is changing. Drivers now have social media at their fingertips to keep up with their families, friends and colleagues. Truck stops are no longer the main choice to get a hot meal. It's not easy to pick the perfect GPS system or laptop from the new ones being developed. The website understands that and wants to offer a one-stop shop for everything from self help to sports.
One of the more important missions of "Trucking Life" is improving the health of the average truck driver.
A 2010 Centers for Disease Control report revealed that the average life expectancy for a truck driver is 61 years, or 16 below the national average at that time. The report's statistics were grim: 50 percent of commercial truck drivers were obese or at least overweight; 54 percent smoked; and a mere 8 percent got regular exercise.
In the "Trucking Life" section, drivers gain the latest helpful tips for staying safe and healthy through a collection of articles on such topics as meal planning, healthy cooking and exercises to do while on the road. There is even a listing of mobile phone apps designed to help drivers locate the healthiest, most affordable, restaurants and a series of free weight exercises for improving blood flow, muscle tone and metabolism.
The website stresses that the sedentary driving lifestyle doesn't have to be a catalyst for developing medical conditions. Information on the causes, symptoms and treatment options for depression, stress and diabetes are outlined.
Health problems aren't the only obstacles addressed. Spring brings with it tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding. A driver may be tempted to try to "outrun" the storm, resulting in an accident. Severe weather resources are discussed and drivers learn what to do before the storm hits. Planning tools are provided to ensure the safest journey in any condition.
In addition to health and safety resources, drivers can read about family and relationships. There are sections on transitioning to a career in truck driving, how to parent from the road, maximizing off time and keeping personal finances in line.
There is even a section to help spouses of drivers cope with the long hours on the road, which, hopefully, will minimize the threat of divorce.
Media lovers can find plenty on the site to engage them. Up-to-date videos and photos are posted for viewing enjoyment.
And since few drivers have the time to catch all the latest NASCAR races and baseball news, there are links to stories where they can easily get the latest information.
Drivers passing through certain states can access "Trucking Life's" listing of trucking events to take part in as they pass through the cities mentioned.
All articles have a comments section, but drivers also are invited to join a forum where they can discuss the issues with others in the field and share solutions.
In an attempt to offer drivers the most comprehensive information, the site also is planning to expand in the future and invites guest authors to offer their perspectives.
Information can be found at www.findatruckingjob.com/