The thought of being away from family for long periods of time can often put new truck drivers off from undertaking long distance truck driving jobs. It can be difficult. Long distance truck drivers are often thousands of miles from home, and this can put a lot of pressure on the family unit. In today’s world, it needn’t – truck drivers can still be an active part of their families no matter where they are on the road.
Modern technology has been a real boon for truck drivers. There are thousands of truck stops around the country that offer free wi-fi connections for truck drivers. With current computer (and cell phone) software, you can be in contact with your family at the push of a few buttons. Laptop computers and modern cell phones all have video functions so you can communicate using live video – a great way to stay in touch with your family.
Trucking companies are also becoming more family orientated. Good trucking companies try to reduce the amount of time that drivers spend away from home as much as possible. Driving options include a form of tag-team driving where one driver will drive from A to B whilst a second driver is driving from C to B. At B, the drivers swap trucks – this means both drivers return home, often having only spent the one or two nights away.
Whilst long distance truck driving does, for many truck drivers, mean being separated from family for many days on end, modern technology is making life easier. With trucking companies now coming to the party and thinking of families as well, the long term discomfort of trucking families is being eased. New truck drivers will have to serve an ‘apprenticeship’ of sorts before a trucking company comes to value their skills – when they do value those skills they will often go out of their way to make your career as easy as possible, and this includes maintaining a family. Start with good skills that have been picked up through a good truck driver training program and the rest becomes easy. Long distance truck driving is not all bad for families. You just have to work together as a family to get the most out of each situation.