When you are an owner driver, jobs may seem to come on in a rush and leave you scrambling up and down the roads to make your deadlines and deliveries. Not that this is a bad thing, being busy when you own your own courier van or truck is what it’s all about – working for yourself and making money.But those many hours on the road may get a bit tedious if you don’t have the proper entertainment. We all know that it is less than safe to drive while talking on the phone, but now, there are so many other means of keeping our minds engaged while on the interstates and back roads of America, that a phone call is the least intriguing.CB Radio – We all know what this is: the radio that has been traditionally associated with truckers; it is small and is usually tucked away in the middle of the truck cab. CB radio stands for citizen’s band radio and has about 40 channels on the 11 bands. Owner driver jobs are guaranteed to be more entertaining if you tune in to the CB channel nearest you and keep up with the local traffic, weather, and chat from others around you who also have a CB radio; and in the States you can just tune into channel 19 to hear all you need to know. Who wouldn’t want to choose an excellent radio ‘handle’ and get to say ’10-4′? call now
Music – It is the obvious answer for entertainment on those long haul owner driver jobs for couriers and truckers because it is one of the best ways to keep yourself alert and engaged while logging those miles around the country. Another element of intrigue to keep you focused while rolling down the highway is to pay attention to the ever-changing selection of radio stations for each area of the country. Do you get more reggae and chilled out folk music in the northwest? More country and rap in the south? Or is it best to fork out the extra cash and purchase satellite radio services so you don’t have to bother with the fiddly channel changes as you enter and leave each station’s range?Books on tape – Yes, books on tape. While you may not consider yourself to have time or inclination to be reading up on classics while taking pit stops during your owner driver jobs, it doesn’t mean you can’t get up to date with them while travelling down the road. If you are a newcomer to the world of books on tape, then why not go for a murder mystery – something that is exciting and has a lot of general action and a twisting plot? If done well, the actors who read the books will take on different tones for each character and the book will come to life and keep you on the edge of your seat, and most importantly, awake and paying attention to the road and those around you. And, of course, if you want to, you can always get through the classics on tape, or even a Harry Potter. Most roadside stops and Cracker Barrels also have a borrowing scheme for books on tape.Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world’s largest neutral trading hub for same day in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe ‘wholesale’ environment.