Professional truck drivers know that one of the most challenging parts of their job is being away from family and friends. While trucking can be very rewarding – and 2020 showed the country just how essential you are – it can also feel isolating sometimes. We’re fortunate to live in a time where you have a lot more options than the old CBs professional drivers used to rely on! Here’s the best ways Carter Express drivers stay connected while on the job.
It’s obvious, but don’t underestimate the power of a simple phone call! Just hearing the voice of your spouse, children, friends or acquaintances will boost your mood and help you feel less alone. Luckily, cell service has improved so much that you can make and receive calls from almost anywhere.
When you have a break or down-time, text messages are an easy way to make a connection without making a call. Best of all, you can instantly send and receive photos and images to share what you or they have been up to.
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allow users to share photos, videos and messages about experiences so friends and family can stay in the know. Many over-the-road truck drivers document their day on personal YouTube channels to show those back home what their day is like. Family and friends back home can do the same if there’s an event or occasion you can’t attend; you can have the next best thing on screen.
Face to face
One of the best ways to stay connected with your family and friends is via video chats or calls. Apps like Apple’s FaceTime and Skype or Zoom can provide the face-to-face interaction with loved ones you might be craving. Most apps can be accessed on multiple devices, including cell phones, laptops, and tablets. Make sure to schedule your video calls when it’s safe for you but also when you can catch events happening back home, like baseball games and dance recitals. You don’t want to randomly try to video chat with them and get disappointed because they’re sleeping or unavailable.
It’s in the mail
It may not be as common as it once was but sending postcards from the interesting places your truck driving job takes you is still a great way to keep in touch and pass the time. Plus, it gives friends and family a meaningful memento that tells them you’re thinking of them wherever you are.
We’re thankful there are more ways than ever before to offset loneliness on the road and stay connected with loved ones. At Carter Express, we do everything we can to help our drivers feel at home, even when they’re on the road. If you’re looking for a CDL-A truck driving career that feels more like family, connect with us today!
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