A trucker's life is never easy, especially because they are often asked to spend days or more at a time away from home. The good news is that while loneliness and missing your loved ones is a legitimate concern for any driver, there are more options than ever to stay connected, no matter if you're 100 or 3,000 miles apart.
The following are a few of the best ideas you can incorporate into your daily habits on the road:
1) Video chats
This is perhaps the best and newest way to feel like you're keeping your connections with family and friends strong, according to Apex Capital. As long as you have a reliable WiFi connection, you can check in on the kids before bed, have a fun conversation with a few buddies and so on, from any laptop or smartphone. You just can't beat this kind of decision.
2) Text and email
This tried-and-true method of staying connected doesn't work when truckers are behind the wheel, for obvious reasons, but it's still a great way to keep in touch throughout the day, Apex Capital said. Send a text or email if you see something funny online or in real life, or just to say hi.
3) Check social media
People increasingly live their lives on their social media accounts, and if you're not checking in throughout the day, you might miss something important, Apex Capital advised. For that reason, if you really want to know what's going on with the people in your life (among many other things), checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is a good idea.
4) Have a lengthy phone call
These days, people often make phone calls for specific purposes and keep those conversations short, according to All Truck Jobs. However, if you want to go a little "old school," a long phone call about any and all topics under the sun can always be a fun way to pass the time.
5) Send postcards from your many stops
Your job brings you to a lot of places many people might not visit on their own. For kids in particular, sending a quick postcard can be a fun way to keep them engaged with every stop you make, All Truck Jobs added. Having a shoebox or scrapbook full of those postcards can document everywhere from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon over a long enough timeline.
6) Send hand-written letters
A postcard might not be as fun for older recipients as it is for a little kid, but if you take the time to sit down and hand-write a letter, that's a nice piece of mail for people of all ages to receive, according to the Truck Driver Institute. It can be something light and fun, or it can be more serious, and it can be any length you want. People will always appreciate getting a hand-written note.
7) Make the most of home time
Finally, if you really want to stay connected, it's always a good idea to make sure you get as much out of your time with friends and family as you can, The Truck Driver Institute noted. That means not just sitting together in front of the TV, but going out for a hike or otherwise spending real quality time together.
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