In general, truck drivers spend a lot of time alone on the road, away from home and their families. Some studies report nearly a quarter of truckers report their relationships were negatively affected by time spent on the road, while nearly 30% report feelings of loneliness. In addition, approximately 13% of drivers report inadequate sleep, siting a need to stay awake for long periods of time.
Sleep deprivation, loneliness, and too much alone time can lead to overthinking, which can cause anxiety and depression. Even when drivers are able to spend time at home with family, it can often seem rushed and short, with the driver sleeping, repacking, and leaving again and not much quality time with loved ones.
At Carbon Express, we are a family-oriented company. Our drivers either return home at night or sleep in a hotel room. We don’t use sleeper cabs and don’t expect you to stay in truck stops. We take our road loads and relay them with other drivers, giving everyone more precious time with family. No one wants to be away from the people who matter most to them, especially during the holiday season.
If you or someone you know someone who may be suffering from depression, we urge you to seek help. There is no shame in treatment.