A trucking career has many benefits, but it may also require you to be away from family and loved ones for long periods of time. Many companies require you to work as an over-the-road (OTR) driver for at least a year before hiring you for local driving positions. While driving long distance gives you the chance to see the country and the peace and quiet of the open road, it also means you will be missing the ones you love back home. Here are a few tips to getting your family on board with your decision to begin a trucking career.
Focus on the Positive
When discussing your career options with your family, try focusing on all the benefits of a career in trucking. The average salary for a trucker is $48,000, much higher than the average entry-level job. Depending on what you are hauling and the company you work for, you could get paid up to $80,000. Most trucking companies also offer dental and medical insurance, paid time off, retirement options and tuition reimbursement. These benefits just might outweigh the negatives of time apart.
Staying in Touch
Thanks to technology there are so many ways to stay in touch with your family while you are out on the road. Create an Instagram account to share pictures of your travels and your family can share pictures of what they’ve been up to at home. Make time each day to video chat with your loved ones and they’ll feel like they’re right there with you. Don’t forget the old ways we used to stay in touch! Send postcards home from all the places you’ve been to with notes to your family.
When you sit down with your family to have a serious discussion about your career in trucking, remind them that there are many benefits to this career path. Reassure them that there are ways to keep in touch when you are on the road. For more information on trucking and on how you can make it work for you and your family contact CDS Tractor Trailer Training today.