The total amount of available truck-driving jobs in High Desert’s Hesperia, California are 1,136 according to indeed.com. Change the search from “truck-driving jobs” to clerical and get 309; IT Manager, 451; HR, 120; warehouse, 561; teachers, 463; and social media, 35. That is something for the unemployed – men as well as women – to consider.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4.9 percent unemployment rate, and Donald Trump says it’s between 28 and 35 percent. Whatever the true jobless rate is, the struggle continues for the unemployed. The challenge of job seeking is stressful for all age groups, but older people 50 and over must also deal with age discrimination.
According to a 2015 truck-driving analysis, the average age of over-the-road (OTR) drivers is 49, and more women (5.8% of truck drivers are women) are turning to the truck-driving industry for employment.
While you consider if an OTR career is for you, truckingtruth.com may offer some answers for you. A professional trucking occupation is certainly not for everyone. Take a look at a few advantages and disadvantages to the truck-driving industry:
- It’s one of the most dangerous occupations due to so much traffic on the roads and crazy and distracted drivers.
- It’s easy to gain weight and become unhealthy on this job because you sit all the time and eat fast food.
- You’re away from home and family much of the time.
- You can pay the bills and put food on the table for the family.
- The pay is good.
- You can see the country.
- You can see family and friends who live near places you deliver goods to.
- Some companies will allow a family member to ride with you (eventually, not at first).
In spite of having to sit all day and eat not-so-nutritious food on the go, a trucker can choose to include exercise and healthy foods as part of the OTR lifestyle. Stopping occasionally to stretch the legs and walk around helps. Google Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) to find ways to prevent blood clots.
Cook Nutritious Meals in Your Truck
Save money on all-you-can-eat truck stop buffets and cook your own dinners. All you need are the right kitchen appliances for trucks. For instance, let’s say you like homestyle pork chops. They’re easy to make in the truck. You need a 12-volt crockpot, and it will taste even better if you also have a 12-volt mini griddle. Why? Because the meat is best if you sear it first before putting it into the crockpot. You could get by without the griddle and just put the chops in without browning them first. The difference will be in the flavor.
The recipe above was modified from a pork chop recipe at kitchenhospitality.com. The recipe above is for 2 pork chops instead of 4.
When stopping at a truck stop for the night, the nutritious driver who cooked dinner in the crockpot while driving will have a delicious home-style meal. All it takes is a little planning ahead, a trip to the grocery store, and one or two truck-friendly kitchen appliances. You can cook about any meat you like in a crockpot – ribs, chicken, sausage – your very own home-cooked meal at the truck stop.