Years ago, many drivers faced challenges coping with family life from the driver’s seat. The stress of being away from home and unable to frequently see their loved ones was an adjustment, and a difficult one at that. The good news is that this isn’t the case anymore!
In today’s world, living the role of a driver still means experiencing an exciting trucking career on the open road, but that doesn’t have to mean long periods of time out of touch with family. With advancing technology available at our fingertips, those special people in your life can come along your everyday trucking journeys with you. Managing family life can now be easy and affordable for all truck drivers.
Whether you’re a driver away from home or adjusting to a truck driving family member on the road, Prime is here to give you five simple ideas to stay connected with family on the road:
Be in two places at once with Apple’s FaceTime, a feature on all iPhone 4 versions and up, including the iPod touch and iPad2. This tool allows you to video chat with anyone else who has the FaceTime feature. It’s the perfect way to talk “face-to-face” with family and friends. With video chat platform, you can be there in person even when you’re not.
Skype is another popular form of video chat that can help erase the distance between you and a loved one. It’s available to smart phone, tablet, or computer owners. It makes it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. Another perk? Skype-to-Skype video calls and instant messaging are free. Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart.
2. Become a “Social” Butterfly
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are all great social media sites for staying in touch on the road. These growing social media networks are free and make it to fun to engage with family and friends. Park your truck and snap a photo of the scenery or record a short video to post for your followers that they can view and comment on.
4. Send E-Cards
Websites such as Blue Mountain, American Greetings and 123 Greetings offer free e-cards that you can customize. Whether you want to send a message on a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, or simply drop in a “thinking of you” note, you can find a wide variety of e-cards online so even the most far-away family and friends feel closer to you. If you have a hard time remembering birthdays and anniversaries, take a moment to set reminders in your personal calendar to be sure you’re on top of it!
5. Become a Blogger
Like writing? Share your truck driving experiences through blogging. Being a driver you get to see the country ahead of you, meet interesting people along the way, savor different types of food, and many more wonderful opportunities. With adventures like these, why not share them? It’s the ultimate way to creatively keep others informed about your life through descriptive words, photos and videos. You can even invite family and friends to follow your blog so they’ll be notified of your most recent post. WordPress is a free, user-friendly blog site that you can try out.
While it can be challenging as a truck driver to be away from home, luckily there are ways to stay connected whenever, wherever. Consider these ideas from Prime, Inc. next time you’re on the job and want to connect with your spouse, significant other, children, siblings, relatives, and friends. You’ll feel happy knowing you’re fulfilling your truck driver duties while keeping up with your loved ones!
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