Driving is as much a summer tradition as barbecues and hoards of little kids at literally any museum you ever visit. And as we approach peak road trip season, we’re also quickly reminded that we share our highway system with the slow-moving behemoths that make up the backbone of our nation’s logistical infrastructure: big-rig trucks. While for us non-professionals, a summer road trip can be a liberating break from the daily routine, for the guys and gals behind the wheels of those 18-wheelers it’s an endless, thankless job that requires some serious mental endurance.
We consulted with Commercial Truck Trader — an online marketplace for big rigs — to find out how the professionals stay sane while they’re on the road. Here are seven tips they gave for keeping your mind right during endless drives.