As a truck driver, there’s no denying that most hours of your day are either spent logging miles on the road or sleeping. This niche occupation doesn’t give way to much time spent with loved ones. It is no doubt that truck drivers must work hard to maintain a positive work-life balance and the relationships that they have with their loved ones. With the time truckers do have at home, let's look at some ways to intentionally manage the relationships you have with your family.
First and foremost, it is important to stay connected with your family while you are on the road. Technology really plays a big help in that. Making sure you are having regular contact with your family is important whether that is over the phone, text minconessages, or through video calls. When you are at home though, remember how important in-person communication can be. These are moments to be intentional and have conversations that are more convenient in person rather than over the phone. Establish emotional connection with loved ones in the time that you have together in person.
Scheduling may not always be consistent. As a truck driver, there is no way to know if a shipment will be canceled or even delayed, if the weather will be in your favor, or if there will be heavy traffic. It is possible that at some point, as a driver, you will be able to set a schedule that allows for a simple route that will return you home in a reasonable time. However, this isn’t always the case and the uncertainty of scheduling can play a role in inconsistencies at home. As a truck driver, you can also be proactive about finding a route that promotes the chances of returning to your home in a timely manner. Once you have a better understanding of your schedule, it can be beneficial to make plans ahead of time to the best of your ability. This is a great point to talk through with your family to help them understand the unpredictability of trucking.
To sum up these points, communication is key for relationships with your loved ones. This is especially important for those in the trucking industry. Be transparent and consistent. Keep your family in the loop of how your day is going and if anything out of the ordinary pops up during your day. This allows them to plan accordingly whether you are at home or not.At Al-Amin Brothers, we provide a safe and professional working environment for our employees with various, exciting opportunities. We believe that a work-life balance is extremely important especially in the industry. Al-Amin Brothers Transportation Inc. strives to provide just that to our employees. We are always looking for new, high quality drivers to add to our fleet. We provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification training to all our drivers. Visit the “Join our Team” page to find out qualifications needed to become an Al-Amin Brothers Transportation truck driver.