With the number of truck driving positions growing, and the demand for experienced truckers increasing, a career in this field can be appealing for many people looking for a career change or an opportunity to travel the country. The rewards trucking offers can also bring with it challenges for truckers in committed relationships, as well as those with children.
In cases where you do not have children, some couples choose to work as a long distance truck driving team. If this is not feasible for your particular situation, keep in mind that communication is key to a successful relationship, so you should schedule time daily to talk to your spouse.
One option for truckers with families is to seek out local driving positions that keep you close to home. Securing these types of positions can be difficult, because they are highly sought-after by many skilled truck drivers. In addition, these positions can require working just as many long hours as over-the-road drivers, so the trade-off for being at home every evening may not be worth it in the long run.
On the other hand, most over-the-road drivers spend several weeks on the road, and then get to enjoy at least a week or longer at home with their families. It is important to carefully weigh your options between local and over-the-road opportunities to determine what is best.
Thanks to smartphones, and text and video messaging, you can always be connected to your spouse and children, even while away for several weeks at a time. You could even explore truck interior accessories, like a web cam, so your kids can see you and talk to you on speaker phone or through an earpiece.
Another option is to look for careers with “family-friendly” carriers. Some carriers offer the option to bring your spouse and/or children along with you on the road for occasional trips together.
Having a spouse and children does not mean you cannot still be a truck driver. It just means you need to make sure you are active in their daily lives, even while on the road. For truck cab and mobile device accessories to help keep you connected with your loved ones, call Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (1-844-727-7328) today.