How To Best Balance Work And Home?

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Erin S.'s Comment
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I'm looking for advice on how to manage home life and work life when being a new (OTR) driver? My definitely having reservations about leaving behind his wife and infant son, but mostly keeping a good relationship with the baby while working. I know this is a good opportunity to support our family and make our life better in the long run so I'd like some advice on how to best keep the balance from anyone who's had to do it.

OTR:

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.

C T.'s Comment
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I'm a regional driver, out 5 days usually. I have a wife and 2 month old at home. I call her every night and try to give her a break and take over baby duties when I get home on the weekends. So far it works out well for us, and I don't feel like a stranger when I come home.

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.

Heavy C's Comment
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Like CT said call every night. Or even better do a video chat. That way you can see your baby and they can see you. While talking though I would avoid talking about the road and the things you can see and accidents that you narrowly avoided. It just adds to your wife's stress level. Keep the focus on the baby and your wife. Do So your time OTR then land a sweet local gig and be home with your family! Good luck

OTR:

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.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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If your child is an infant, they aren't going to understand or remember what is happening. So this is actually a good time to get your OTR experience then move into a regional or local job when they get a little older.

Just something to keep in mind.

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.

OTR:

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.

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