Dealing With Being Homesick

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Ernesto G.'s Comment
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i just quit my training at CR England, my question is how to deal with the homesickness? I did like 2 months away from home and didn't like it

Errol V.'s Comment
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Ernesto, homesickness is something you need to deal with. In most truck driving jobs, you will be away from home for weeks at a time. Since you got homesick at school, what was the thing you missed most about home? Depending on what, you might bring something with you, or make sure to call every evening (That's what I do!).

You might find a "home every night" job, but for new drivers, those are hard to find. Most new drivers are the ones gone for several weeks at a time. I felt the "fastest" I could get back home at Swift was two weeks out, but I think I got better business/more miles if I stayed out longer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dutch's Comment
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I met a trucker once, who told me he got into trucking to get away from all the drama involved with his family. Trucking can be a great escape for lots of folks, and a lot of people enjoy living the simple "gypsy" lifestyle of never staying in one place for very long, and meeting lots of different people.

If all I could think about was getting back home, I would bide my time during my first year, and then once I got enough experience, I would look for a local driving job or a dedicated account that would get me home every night and weekends.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I think everyone gets a little homesick from time to time and some more than others of course. For me, I was never married and never had any children so I just lived on the road. I loved the lifestyle. I wouldn't say I was really "homesick", but what I did find was that the only people I could relate to were other truck drivers. If you haven't lived that type of lifestyle you really don't understand what it's all about.

There really is no right answer for everyone. Maybe you'll get past it and learn to enjoy the travelling, maybe you wont. It's a personal feeling that all of us can relate to but no one can really answer for you.

I can assure you there are plenty of drivers with families back home that they miss terribly. But you have to put food on the table and sometimes being away for a while is a necessary step in the process. It really comes down to your personal situation and whether it's worth it or not to you.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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We do what we need to do so that we can do the things we want to do. Welcome to the hard decisions of adulthood. You either have to toughen up and tough it out or search for a different job. No one said this would be easy. Good luck.

Magoo's Comment
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We do what we need to do so that we can do the things we want to do. Welcome to the hard decisions of adulthood. You either have to toughen up and tough it out or search for a different job. No one said this would be easy. Good luck.

Straight and to the point. Awesome!

I can assure you there are plenty of drivers with families back home that they miss terribly. But you have to put food on the table and sometimes being away for a while is a necessary step in the process. It really comes down to your personal situation and whether it's worth it or not to you.

I know if/when I get into the industry this will be my main focal point when the road blues hit.

Good points by all in this thread for the OP.

Gladiator 76's Comment
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I hope you got your CDL. Driving OTR isn't for everyone. I tried it out of school and didn't like living in the truck. So I left the trainers truck after 30 day's. When I left the truck he told me I'd never find a job driving. About a week later I started driving for an LTL company. That was over a year ago. So when you get home start applying for LTL jobs if you are looking for an alternative to driving OTR. It doesn't mean you are any less of a driver......it just means you'll be home daily.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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when you get home start applying for LTL jobs if you are looking for an alternative to driving OTR. It doesn't mean you are any less of a driver....

No, it certainly doesn't. In fact, it will likely mean you're a better paid driver with far more home time than most.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Ernesto G.'s Comment
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We do what we need to do so that we can do the things we want to do. Welcome to the hard decisions of adulthood. You either have to toughen up and tough it out or search for a different job. No one said this would be easy. Good luck.

thank-you.gifthank-you.gif i thought so is just a matter of being a man , so i'm going back and finish this thing ,my family needs me right now plus i don't complain about the duties is only missing my son playing video games whit him and all that but in the other hand i live the road is the best job i ever had

Bleemus's Comment
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We do what we need to do so that we can do the things we want to do. Welcome to the hard decisions of adulthood. You either have to toughen up and tough it out or search for a different job. No one said this would be easy. Good luck.

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thank-you.gifthank-you.gif i thought so is just a matter of being a man , so i'm going back and finish this thing ,my family needs me right now plus i don't complain about the duties is only missing my son playing video games whit him and all that but in the other hand i live the road is the best job i ever had

Depending upon your company policy and with school break approaching perhaps you could take your son on a few trips with you. Nothing like one on one time with your son to strengthen that bond.

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