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Welcome To The Life

by TruckersWife09

Hey y'all my name is Lacey. I've been around the trucking industry my whole life; from my dad and uncles driving, to my dad becoming a dispatcher , to being a truckers wife. It's been an interesting life. The trucking industry can be a close knit community. If you become an over the road driver you will meet drivers from all over the US. But even if you're a regional or local driver, you'll meet a lot of different people, some of which can be pretty interesting.

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It takes a lot to be part of a truckers family, especially if you're you're an over the road trucker. You can miss a lot of things like baseball or softball games, birthdays, choir or band concerts, swim meets, dance recitals, and sometimes anniversaries. It's can be a sacrifice sometimes, but even when you miss all these things, the day you get home off the road will be the happiest day of the month or week for your family, and hopefully for you!

Home time…… it's an awesome time, but there are some things to keep in mind for both your spouse, and for yourself. Your spouse is going to be ready to go out, have a break from the house, and will have made a honey-do list. And you're just going to want to relax. Spouses: keep in mind your trucker has been gone a while and has been working hard. Now I don't deny that you haven't been working hard, believe me, I know you do. But they need some time to relax and unwind from the road. Now Truckers: keep in mind that your spouses have been at home holding down the fort while you've been gone. They're ready to have some help and maybe even take a break from the kids, the house, and the cooking. Both of you need to be aware of how the other is feeling, and it might be a good idea to setup a loose schedule which gives each of you what you need.

My husband and I have kind of figured out how to work things out. Not always, though. Believe me, we don't have everything figured out. But we try to make sure we fit in down time, family time, and some 'us' time, even if it's just lying in bed watching a movie together after the kids go to bed. We have kids ranging from 3 to 16 years old, so that's generally why we have to watch a movie in our room. The teenagers have run of the living room on the weekends.

It can be an interesting life! Well I hope this has been helpful to those of you starting out in this industry, or those of you considering a job in the trucking industry. You can find me on the forum if you have any questions about this. I'm TruckersWife09.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

by Brett Aquila

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