Maintaining Healthy Relationships as a Long-Distance Trucker

Long-distance trucking is financially rewarding, but it does require truckers to be away from home for long periods of time. It can be tricky to nurture relationships when a trucker is in the family, but it’s definitely possible. The following tips can help.

Making Time for Your Partner

Your home time is precious, but there are also plenty of people and issues competing for your attention while you’re home. Do make time for your partner every day that you’re home. If you have kids, find a babysitter so the two of you can get away for quality time together. Date night doesn’t have to be extravagant. Pack a picnic and visit the local park, or drive out to the country and gaze up at the stars. Being together is what counts.

Staying in Touch on the Road

Nothing can replace being with your partner, but it’s still beneficial to your relationship to stay in touch while away from home. Call your partner every day. Use videoconferencing software, like FaceTime, to help you and your partner feel closer. Communication technology is very helpful, but don’t discount old-fashioned methods of communicating. Your partner would be delighted to get a postcard from you. It’s a thoughtful way to show that you care and that you’re thinking of him or her.

Nurturing the Parent-Child Relationship

Plenty of truck drivers have young kids at home, and they’ve learned how to make it work. Just like your relationship with your spouse or partner, your relationship with your kids can be nurtured through frequent contact while on the road. Skype and FaceTime are excellent tools for talking to tech-savvy kids, but think outside the box. If your kids like video games, you could set up a console in your sleeper berth and play a long-distance game with your kids. It’s a fun way for everyone to relieve stress and spend time together despite the distance.

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