How to Stay Connected with Your Family While on the Road
Staying a Family
It can get mighty lonely traveling long distances on the open road as a trucker and sometimes, places to stop along the way are few and far between.
And it doesn't matter whether you're traveling during the day when the sun lights up the horizon or negotiating dark passages where the endless "flap, flap, flap" of the highway drones on into the night.
During down time, connecting with your family can add a positive note to a long, drawn out day. Finding ways to stay connected can be a challenge but with a little bit of creative ingenuity and technology, you can keep the ties that bind strong and secure.
Whether your "family" consists of you and your children, grandchildren, spouse, parents, best friends, significant other, or a combination of a lot of people, consider these ideas to stay plugged in to what's going on.
- Establish open lines of communication with your family at least once or twice a day. Set a time when you aren't driving to chat about the day's events, school or work. Instill in your family that regardless of how many miles may separate you, you're always just a phone call away.
- If you have access to a computer, sign in to an online phone service such as Skype and get connected. Video cameras on a laptop are another way to talk and see each other.
- Texting is a popular way to send a quick message. Whenever you stop for food or fuel or it's too late to call, send text messages to everyone to let them know you're thinking about them.
- Send an email outlining your entire day's adventure to your family to help them connect with your activities. Include pictures whenever possible.
- Send postcards from stops along the way. If you have kids, they can use the cards to map your route.
- Access forums such as Layover.com to connect with other truckers for news, updates, and advice on living a trucker's life.
Keep in mind while traversing the highways and byways that families that connect together, stay together for the long haul. Make sure to watch the Trucker to Trucker blog for other great tips to help you connect with friends and other truckers.