Glenn “Yogi” Kendall
Why did you become a truck driver and how long have you been driving for?
I became a truck driver because I had seen the kind of life my Dad was living as a truck driver when I was growing up. He had a good job, a good life, and I spent every minute of the waking day with Dad. I loved the idea of driving trucks and the unknown, I have been doing it now for 24 years.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of truck driving is actually the worst part of truck driving, you never know what’s around the corner. You never know where we are going to be or what we are going to do. It is the most exciting and most daunting side of truck driving.
What makes you happy inside your truck.
My dancing hula girl on the dash. She just makes me laugh, she just sits there and dances her way through the whole day while I am driving. It is just the little things like that. The fact that its my truck, my workspace, my living area, my sleeping quarters, everything in the truck makes me smile.
What makes you happy outside of your truck?
The scenery. We never know what we are going to get. Your mind thinks of different things in every different environment we see. It is also important to have hobbies outside of trucking. The job is a marriage itself but I love coming home to my beautiful wife and kids and sitting outside watching the sunset.
What’s the most important thing you do that improves your wellbeing on the road?
You gotta go for a walk. You don’t walk enough, and it is very easy to make an excuse to not go for a walk. You are 110% focused 110% of the time when you are driving but you have to make time to switch off. Pull up for half an hour, go for a walk around the block and leave the phone in the cab. It is important to have quiet time to clear the mind.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not driving your truck?
This one is simple, just spending time at home. I really enjoy cooking, going home on a Friday night and making some home-made pizzas, playing some basketball with the kids and a bit of golf.
Why is it important that truck drivers focus on their health and wellbeing?
It is really important because nobody else will. We get flogged from pillar to post and if we don’t look after ourselves nobody is going to do it for us. You need to focus and find places like Health in Gear that will support you. The industry is moving in the right direction, it is important that we acknowledge that it’s okay to not be okay but you have to look after yourself and get the help if you need it.
When you are having a tough day, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
You have to clear the mind. It is the most powerful tool we have got, and it is hard work. Maybe it’s pulling up early, not driving through the night, cooking your favourite dinner, it differs for everyone, but you have to focus on what makes you feel good given the circumstances. When I have a bad day, I would love to be at home, but I can’t do that if I am on the road. So, I take myself out of the situation and concentrate on where I am and what I am doing and get myself through that situation and on to the next one.
What are your top tips for staying healthy on the road?
You can’t have a chicken schnitzel and 6 rum cans and expect to be okay. You have to find the right places that give you the right food and they are out there. Right now, I am into avocado and tomato on rice crackers, I don’t know how my life has lead me to that but it’s good. Also drink a lot of water.
Trucking driving can be isolating at times, how do you handle the isolation?
I actually enjoy the isolation. There is a reason why I am a distance truck driver, I like being by myself. But I also understand that your mind can play tricks on you so stay in touch with your mates and family. Throw the numbers in the phone, it is an easy way to feel more connected. But I think a lot of truck drivers enjoy the isolation, but it is important to know when it is getting to much.
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Kendall Trucking & Co