When you have been hired to do a few courier driving jobs up and down the roads across the States, while racking up the miles you may have to consider ways to stay awake and fully alert as you roll. There are several ways to help you keep your eyes open and your reflexes sharp that don’t require you to drown yourself in strong, truck stop coffee. These methods of staying focused on the asphalt range from listening to the radio to playing various games.
Books on tape – While a big macho man doing courier driving jobs may not like to admit their love for/addiction to books on tape or CD, it’s really quite a good way to keep your mind engaged as the lines in the road all start to blend. Pulling into a truck stop (or some restaurants) and either buying or renting a book on tape is almost guaranteed to keep you awake by engaging with your mind and your ears as you run those courier driving jobs. One note of advice, though, if you are going for a book on tape you may want to avoid the sappy love stories, crying while driving is not only annoying, but can also be a bit unsafe. Instead, go for an action packed adventure or a popular book that has a movie as well. That way after you have stopped for the night, you can watch a bit of the movie and see how it compares with the written story.
Games – Just like when you were a kid riding along with your parents, playing games while on courier driver jobs is a great way to stay awake and keep your mind engaged with what is going on around you on the road. Why not try a music game, where you and your passenger, if you have one, have to guess the song title and artist first? Don’t cheat with a satellite radio that tells you the name and title on a little screen, but go with a local radio station and try your chances on the different parts of the country’s various music styles. Go for a round of 10 or 20, and make things interesting by having the loser buy the winner lunch at your next stop.
Another perennial favorite is the alphabet memory game; perfect for keeping your mind engaged on courier driving jobs. You pick a theme and go through the alphabet one by one, naming an animal or song or whatever you choose within the theme. The next person has to repeat all that was said, before adding something new. For instance, in the list “Ant, Bear, Cat, Dog, Elephant, Frog”, if it is your turn, you must now repeat all those animals before you can add an animal that begins with the letter “G”. The first person that forgets the list loses and then you can start over with a different theme. If you don’t have a passenger and are doing the job on your own, this game can be a little tricky, but actually, sometimes even more fun! See if you can outsmart yourself!
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world’s largest neutral trading hub to find a same day freight broker or courier jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their websites, trading jobs and capacity in a safe ‘wholesale’ environment.