Balancing your family and a successful trucking career
Trucking has many benefits over the usual 9 to 5 job. Freedom of the road, unique experiences few can have, the powerful engines, and the notion of being the link which keeps the economy going. And let's face it, the money is not that bad.
It is no secret that without our truckers most of the grocery stores would be empty, shops without items, almost every aspect of life would be affected. However, doing something as important and selfless can take a toll on the personal life.
When considering a trucking career the first question is ‘how is this going to impact my family? This question has been around forever and still remains the main drawback of this career. So, is trucking going to interfere with your home life? The truth is there is no right answer to this question. The sad fact is that the divorce rate is extremely high among truck drivers. Being on the road for long periods of time affects everyone, however, it does not have to be that way. The main concern is not the truck driver but the person holding down the fort.
Keep in mind that while you are cruising the open road transporting freight, someone is taking care of your household, doing the yard work, keeping track of your home, dentist and doctor appointments, and an infinite amount of small tasks requiring daily attention. So, when on the road verbalize appreciation and stay in touch.
Expressing empathy for your partner will help you become a better driver and have more motivation as well as strengthen your personal relationships. It is up to you to stay connected and organize your time accordingly. With all your might, try to avoid leaving your spouse with a feeling of being with a part-time partner.
Evaluate your relationship before diving into a trucking career, and be aware that the first year is always the toughest. As for couples that do not have any children, some companies allow ride alongs, inform yourself and bring your partner along for some adventures!
Other drivers may want to focus on work when you are in their truck and to save all the joy of togetherness for home. That way you will be with your family fully and at your best while progressing and focusing on the work when on road.
Embrace the truck driver lifestyle and not just you per say, but your family as well. Being a truck driver is almost like being a modern day nomad. Always visiting new places, miles upon miles of road ahead with the ever changing scenery. But there is only one place that truly resonates in the heart of a truck driver, and that place is home. It is the only thing bigger than that sweet taste of freedom you have by being on the road. Choose the right company, organize the time between trucking and being home. Take advantage of that off wheel time to go fishing, play sports, take your significant other for a nice dinner, see a movie and connect. The true balance is to be found in loving what you do and a loving and supporting family.