Can a driver's wife ride along, but not drive?
by Jim Walker
(Cave Creek, AZ 85331)
A Small Rig
We are interested in getting into driving together. But my wife is not interested in driving herself. She likes the road and does a great job of supporting me while I drive.
She keeps us healthy, on course, and alert. So we want to learn if there are opportunities for us to be together in a truck, with me driving commercially.
We are researching the pros and cons of truck driving. One factor that seems to cause problems and end driving careers is the husband out driving while the wife stays at home.
Our objective to be out driving on a full time basis, together. We think that this avoids problems for us and gives a company the prospect of a driver who will stay on for a while.
A company would be paying a solo driver and getting the benefit of a supported driver.
So can a wife ride along as a passenger? Do company regulations and insurance restrictions get in the way? Is this idea already an established practice?
Thank you for your help.
Response: Most companies love to here this Jim. Basically for the reasons that you stated.
However, as a new driver it would be a while before she is able to ride. The time frame will vary from company to company. It could be a few months or more before she can ride with you.
Some companies don't even allow it until you have a year or more experience.
But, you should not have a problem find one that not only allows it but encourages it.
I think you two might have a blast!