Seems as though this is a common and yet often avoided topic with truckers. I suppose it is not a glamorous topic, but you can not help but read this right?!
Living in a truck with no running water has many challenges, one is bathroom breaks. Drivers need to pee (and, well, you know) and sometimes it is no easy task to get to a bathroom. For the guys, it is pretty simple, pee in a container. Yes, this may sound disgusting at first, but, urine is a sterile substance and as long as it is just urine, not mixed with, uh, the other stuff, it is harmless and not considered a bio-hazard.
Although ideally a driver would pour it in the grass or flush it down the toilet, sometimes they are a bit unmotivated and leave the bottles in a parking lot. The greatest offense there is littering and it does really suck, but not everyone is a Woodsey the Owl fan- give a hoot don't pollute.
For the gals, it is a little trickier. There are devices like the she-wee that is pretty much a funnel, but man, it can be a mess if you make one little mistake! A driver gave me a pretty cool tip, one that I use when I am on the boat now, a zip lock bag. It is easy to use and to contain. I double up to be safe.
Although it may seem disgusting to some, if you think about it, the tuck is a driver's home. Wouldn't you like to be able to at least pee in your own house?
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.