Home time

Home time is a very precious commodity for a long-haul driver. It is in your best interest to maximize the time you spend with your spouse and children, but keep in mind that your spouse most likely has a household routine that you do not want to upset. If possible, take care of your work chores, such as shopping, cooking, and laundry at times when it will not disrupt the house or interfere with quality family time. If your time off includes a day when your spouse is at work, this is the perfect time to do your laundry, shopping, and cooking for the truck. You can also precook meals for your spouse to make their life a little easier and less stressful while you are on the road. Simple things, like preparing breakfast for them, having dinner ready when they get home, doing the house laundry, yard work, exercising the dog, etc., so they get a bit of a break will be greatly appreciated. Also, try to schedule any doctor, vision, and dental appointments on days that will not cut into family time. I would suggest you take a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, spending Friday taking care of appointments, shopping, cooking, and laundry, and have a good dinner ready for when they finish work. It may seem like a small thing, but your spouse will greatly appreciate the effort, as it is one less thing that they have to worry about. Being away from home for two or more weeks at a time is stressful enough, so do not make it worse by coming home and expecting your spouse to do all the house chores, plus take care of yours as well.

Don Taylor has been a professional driver since March 1985.  In 1994 he made the jump to driving tractor trailers, and has accumulated over 3.5 million miles, including over 4 years of driving turnpike doubles in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  He is currently hauling flat decks across North America.