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Navigating Trucking and Family – Ways to Balance Family Life and Life on the Road

December 1, 2021

Trucking careers aren’t you’re average nine to five. Sometimes there are days or even weeks spent on the road. This can sometimes lead to less home time. At CRST Dedicated our truckers matter to us, that’s why we’ve provided this list of helpful tips for truckers on navigating the balance between trucking and family.

Stay organized: stick to a schedule that works for you

This can be achieved in multiple ways. One way is to be proactive by finding the right routes to help increase your chances of a timely return home. In fact, choosing a dedicated route allows you to enjoy more home time as well as a consistent schedule without missing out on the great pay and benefits.

Another thing to keep in mind is to mark important dates in your calendar. Truckers can get busy, so instead of risking forgetting about your kid’s big soccer game only to remember once you’re miles away from home, mark those dates in your calendar as soon and as far ahead of time as possible so you can be sure you’re able to attend those important events.

 Take advantage of tech: touch base with your loved ones often

We’re living in the 21st century, so take advantage of it. 30 years ago Facetime, texting and social media were non-existent, making consistent communication with loved ones much more challenging. Talk with your friends and family and pick specific days and times to facetime or chat. Even on days where you or they can’t make it, you can still record and send video clips so you’re always to stay in touch.

Another fun way to keep in contact is to play an ongoing game with your loved ones through gaming apps like words with friends. Not only will you stay in touch on and off throughout the days as you play, you’ll have fun while doing it! You can also set up watch parties on streaming services like Prime Video so you can all watch a movie or show together at the end of the night, no matter where you are.

 Be present: focus on what’s in front of you

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but when you’re busy on the road and tired after a long day it can be easy to zone out during one of those important family facetime sessions or phone calls. Try to be as present as possible during those moments and enjoy those special moments with your loved ones.

On the flip side, the same goes for when you’re actively on the road. Being homesick and missing loved ones can be tough, but you must stay as focused as possible while driving your truck, try to put those tough thoughts and feelings in the back of your mind in order to keep yourself and others safe on the road.

Truck driving can be a lucrative and rewarding career as long as you learn to balance trucking and family life. These tips should help in mitigating that. Ready to hit the road for both you and your family? CRST Dedicated is hiring, talk to a recruiter today or check out our routes to get started with your trucking journey.