The Best Podcasts for Long Drives [Trucking Podcasts & More]
When you’re on the road or in your truck for the majority of your week, music and the radio are often what keep you going. Podcasts are a growing trend that can help you through your days.
That being said, there can be times when it feels like there are more podcasts than you have time to listen. With millions of hours of podcasts available, where do you start? Check out the best podcasts from a wide selection of genres that will help you stay awake and alert while on the road for long drives.
Being a truck driver can be isolating at times: you are alone with nothing but the road. A well-made podcast can make you feel like you have a person sitting shotgun talking to you about what you both enjoy - trucking.
Trucker Dump is a podcast for truckers, potential truckers, and people even considering the life and career of being a trucker. This truck driving podcast provides a good community to be part of while giving you the chance to learn more about life on the road.
Trucking Podcast is co-hosted by a father and son duo and covers everything vehicle-related, but focuses on the industry of trucking and CDL driving.
Talk CDL is a podcast that is honest and upfront about the trucking industry and tackles the questions and topics that truckers want to know about. It’s the trucker’s podcast for truckers, by a trucker.
Ask the Trucker is hosted by Allen Smith, a 34 year veteran of the trucking industry. He’s spent that time as an owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and has even owned and operated his own company. He focuses on making the trucking industry better through transparency and speaks his mind about everything trucking.
While not a trucking podcast about truckers talking about the industry, Alice Isn’t Dead is a fictional podcast that focuses on the life of a truck driver. This cryptic horror series is the audio diaries of a trucker as she travels around the country in search for her wife, who she had assumed was dead.
Sometimes while driving long distances and being surrounded by the trucking industry your entire day, turning on a podcast and hearing more about trucking can be overwhelming. You need to have an escape or hobby, and sports can be that escape for you. Here are a few great sports podcasts for long drives.
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is great for any fans of his EPSN show. He covers a wide variety of sports topics and manages to keep up with a heavy production load, producing content every weekday.
The Fighter & The Kid is a sports podcast for fans of MMA and the UFC. It is a weekly podcast hosted by UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub and actor/comedian Bryan Callen. While it might start with talking about MMA, it usually ends up derailing into a comedic romp through current events, style, fashion, music, or whatever else comes to their minds while recording.
First Take is another ESPN show that is brought to podcast format. Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman tackle the day’s leading stories in sports every weekday for two hours.
You shouldn’t be watching your favorite show while driving, but you can listen to one. There are a wide variety of podcast shows that tell stories and help you escape the countryside you’re driving through and put you somewhere else. The next time you’re tired of focusing on the black asphalt stretching out in front of you, listen to some of the best podcasts for long drives.
Critical Role is a podcast voiced by industry-famous voice actors and actresses. Chances are if you’ve watched an animated show or played a video game, you’ve heard at least one of them. This group of friends brings their world-class and award-winning talent together to weave a complex story of excitement and adventure. Season one and two are set in the same fictional world but are separate stories spaced apart by 20 years. With each episode spanning anywhere from three to six hours in length and there being over 200 episodes, there is more than enough of this ever-growing story to keep you company for months.
Academy Award winner Rami Malek is a small-town radio DJ named Simon in the drama podcast Blackout. The power grid blacks out the entire nation, and Simon is faced with trying to manage his life and protect his family while modern civilization falls apart around him.
Steal the Stars focuses on the lives of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees tasked with guarding the biggest government secret in the world - a crashed UFO. With well-rounded characters and a propelling story that always leaves you wanting more, you can quickly lose hours enjoying this thrilling podcast written by Mac Rogers.
The Amelia Project is a podcast about the fictional organization that provides a very special service for its customers - fabricating their deaths. Everyone from cult leaders to scientists that are desperate to start their lives over again meet with Amelia around a nice hot cup of cocoa in hopes of disappearing.
As a trucker, you know that no matter which city you’re in, or how far away you get from one coast or the other, public radio can usually be found on the airwaves. Welcome to Night Vale is one of those public radio stations, but it’s for a city unlike any you have ever met before. Right between announcements for the PTA’s bake sale is warnings about avoiding looking directly at rotating glimmers of lights hovering with no explanation. Welcome to Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true.
Pop culture is always growing, and while you’re out on the road in the midwest with farmlands surrounding you, it’s impossible to keep up on what’s happening with your favorite celebrity or TV show. Here are a few podcasts that can keep you involved with your favorite show or series, and keep one foot in culture, while out on the road.
Bachelor Happy Hour is a podcast that covers the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Bachelor Nation. Very few people will admit to being fans, but with an average viewership of around 6 million, it’s one of the most popular reality TV shows there is. It covers the most active season of the Bachelor or Bachelorette as well as Bachelor in Paradise.
Binge Mode is an award-winning podcast with a sense of friendship built into it. Tackling movies, TV shows, and books, Binge Mode is like a mobile book club for pop culture and media.
The Daily is New York Time’s daily podcast to keep you up to date with what is happening in the world around you. Everything from international politics to pop-culture can be highlighted as part of this podcast. This isn’t just a news report that you sit through with multiple topics, but rather each episode is a deep dive into a specific topic or conversation with experts helping the discussion grow and progress.
One of the biggest genres of podcasts are investigative reports into true crimes. Crimes don’t happen in a regular setting for no reason, and as such, there is always a strong cast of characters and drama that leads up to the crime. Here are some of the best true crime podcasts that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to listen to more as the drama unfolds.
Pretend Radio is a documentary-style podcast that focuses on real people pretending to be someone else. With interviews with con artists, undercover FBI agents, or a soccer mom running from a secret life, Pretend Radio cracks open the world of liars and makes you wonder about every person you meet and if they really are who they say they are.
White Lies investigates the murder investigation of Rev. James Reeb. Three men were tried and acquitted back in 1965, but no one was ever held accountable for his death. This is a deep dive into Selma, Alabama and the lies that kept the truth hidden.
With podcasts covering every genre and style imaginable, there are more out there for you to find. Try different ones or search for one that covers your own hobbies and interests. CDL.com is here to help you with your career as a driver. Get started today by creating your own driver profile. With your profile, you will be able to post your resume and have access to job postings and recruiters across the US.