Impact Of Trucking On The Family
Tips for dealing with the impact of trucking on the family
The impact of trucking on the family can be devastating. I have talked to many truckers about their problems at home. I have heard many arguments on the phones at the truck stops. Sometimes these problems are about the kids, sometimes about the wives, and sometimes, its about both! Many home horror stories may not be because the a spouse is a truck driver. If there is any type of problem already present in the marriage or relationship with children before trucking then you probably shouldn't become a truck driver. Life as a trucker has little room for troubled relationships.
Just as it takes a special type of person to drive a big truck, it takes a special kind of family at home. If you weren't selective when you chose your mate then you probably can expect to encounter many stressful and uncomfortable situations with the family. (Particularly because of lack of compatibility)
There are so many things at play and against the driver from the start. Think about it. The general public thinks we pretty much have time to entertain women all over the country (thanks to a few bad examples and Hollywood). So your spouse's friends pretty much will have the same mindset.
If your woman isn't the type of woman that knows and trust you and is also mature enough to stand up to her friends and take up for you instead of letting them sway her opinion of what you do on the road, your probably gonna start living a soap opera. A lot of woman will start doubting the man's commitment which she feels entitles her to do her own thing. She loses her feelings, forgets about the future plans, gets all the money she can from the driver and lives a double life (sometimes times in the drivers home while he's paying all the expenses)
Those of you not familiar may think I am exaggerating, trust me it happens over and over and over again. Actually, I left out a lot of details that I have heard about like. . .
The woman wiping out the bank account
The woman getting married to Jody while the 'boyfriend' is away driving
The woman eloping with her cheater sometimes taking the kids
Jody answering the phone at home
It goes on and on.
Tips for Avoiding the Problems That Comes OTR Trucking
Impact On The Marriage
Impact On The Children
Yes, There is hope. The impact of trucking on the family is not always a disaster. There are plenty of good big truck drivers who have driven a lifetime with wife and kids at home doing just fine.
They have beautiful respectful families that can't wait to see them when they get home and think the world of them. They appreciate the job they do and they understand how much work it is.
For my ideas and tips to repair or avoid problems go here
Drivers please tell us how you successfully juggle trucking and family life