One of the biggest challenges for truck drivers is being away from family and friends while on the road. The good news is that today’s technology makes it easier than ever before to stay connected – and stay together – for the long haul.
1) Schedule Time to Communicate
Have a dedicated time when you call or video chat with your spouse, children, parents, etc. No matter how many miles away you are, stick to the scheduled time to have a conversation, such as calling your children every day after school or phoning your parents once a week on Monday mornings.
2) Video Video Video!
When you can’t talk face-to-face, the next best thing is a video call. Whether you use FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp or another service, have a video chat and give virtual hugs and kisses when you make a stop.
Also, shoot videos while you travel and send them to your loved ones. Share the majestic Rocky Mountains and beautiful California coastlines via video. These videos from behind the wheel can help your family feel like they are sharing life on the road with you.
Send personal or group messages and pictures via email. While phone calls and video chats are likely a better option for staying connected to your closest family and friends, email is a convenient and easy way to keep in touch with other relatives and acquaintances.
4) Send Postcards
Postcards may seem old school, but many kids love them! Send a postcard from each stop along your route with a quick personal message or observations about the sites and scenery.
5) Be a Social Butterfly
Social channels continue to grow. Stay involved in the lives of your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Post pictures of your travels. Comment on their cute kid pictures and funny pet videos. One of the most positive effects of social media is that it allows those who spend a lot of time away from each other to keep in touch and feel close despite the distance.
6) Play Games Together
Thanks to the Internet and mobile technology, it’s easier than ever to play online games with your family, even when you’re on the road. Some of the best all-time games, such as Monopoly, Wheel of Fortune, Uno, and even Legos, have apps or online versions. Always remember that having fun is an essential part of staying happy and healthy as a family.
Lastly, value your time at home when you are at home and work for a company whose values align with your family values. At Classic Carriers, we are a family-owned and operated company that treats our team of dedicated drivers like family.
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