Question For Veteran Drivers Or Anyone With Family

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Nathan G.'s Comment
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my question is how does everyone cope with being away from their kids and wife while on the road? things you do to make it easier? just trying to find ways to ease my stress and not worry as much about whats happening at home every minute of the day. thanks in advance

Errol V.'s Comment
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This is a common question, and it's important that you handle the issues early on, or you may start looking for another career. Do a search here for "family" or such.

I call my wife every evening. Use video if you want. Talk about your day, and the day at home. Both you and your family, obviously, can post photos and videos to Facebook and such.

Two things, though: do not try to micro-manage by remote control, and do not tell your DM you need to get home, if it's for minor things like repairing a light switch or the baby's sick.

A lot has been written here about this topic, search for the ideas & thoughts of others.

Dm:

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.
Parrothead66's Comment
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What he said. I'm home every weekend so it's not as bad except for my volunteered runs that are usually 6-8 weeks. We talk at least once a day/night and try to video chat each evening. 12 yr old daughter that I call every night to tell her good night. Don't try to be a dictator from the road, your wife is there everyday and needs your support in decisions she makes at home. When you do get home make sure that you & your family get some quality time together. You can't come in and start complaining about what she has or hasn't done & don't just come in and veg out for your time off.

DaveDiesel's Comment
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What he said. I'm home every weekend so it's not as bad except for my volunteered runs that are usually 6-8 weeks. We talk at least once a day/night and try to video chat each evening. 12 yr old daughter that I call every night to tell her good night. Don't try to be a dictator from the road, your wife is there everyday and needs your support in decisions she makes at home. When you do get home make sure that you & your family get some quality time together. You can't come in and start complaining about what she has or hasn't done & don't just come in and veg out for your time off.

Sounds like great advice.

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