Truckers Wife /passenger

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Parish Rich-Wilmot's Comment
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So I will be riding along with my husband, I was just wondering what would be the best way to help him while I'm on the road with him I don't want to feel like I can't help with anything...

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Check phone for live traffic updates when nearing major cities.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Conversation, that’s what we all lack when driving. You’re gonna have to adapt to truck living. Mainly you’re gonna have to learn to sleep when he sleeps. A solo driver is just not use to someone moving around in the truck while they’re sleeping.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Conversation and company.

Phone calls, paperwork, if needed.

If he eats in the truck, he would probably appreciate having an actual person who can cook. :) I have a friend whose wife rides with him and she cooks awesome meals while he drives

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Having a "co-pilot" to help with navigation would be great! You could definitely help with that. You could also fuel the truck while the driver runs into the store at truck stops, or vice versa. Calling customers to see if you can deliver early or getting directions from them would also be helpful.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Don't forget to enjoy the view and take pictures.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Check weather apps all alomg the route. laundry. all of my friends know i am forever doing laundry lol im obsessive about it

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Seriously, if I had a wife and she wanted to ride along, my number one request would be "Don't do anything to irritate me." 4 wheel drivers provide all the irritation a truck driver needs. After that, I would really appreciate some good back and foot rubs after a long day behind the wheel. Now that should make any driver very happy. And I guess it would be great to have someone to spot me in while backing. Just thinking of all the advantages, I might go out and look for a wife. But on second though, no.

Parish Rich-Wilmot's Comment
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Thanks for the info... some of things mentioned I actually thought I would not be able to do for instance fuel and spotting for the driver.

Jrod's Comment
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So I will be riding along with my husband, I was just wondering what would be the best way to help him while I'm on the road with him I don't want to feel like I can't help with anything...

If you could become the master navigator, that would be great. Complete with the ability to use and understand Google Earth/Google Maps. Be the "Office Manager", handle the paperwork, etc.

If you are truly a team, you can truly help your "team" become the most efficient and productive truck in the fleet. Having an assistant is always amazing, and having one that you love and trust has to be even better. Have him show you the correct way to trip plan until you are confident to do it on your own. The amount of time saved and REST gained will be invaluable.

And conversation - keep your driver alert and focused.

3 of our top 4 drivers have their spouse ride with them full time. I don't think its a coincidence. And to our credit, we treat them like they are part of the team as well... because they really are.

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