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5 Tips for Staying Connected While on the Road

Though truck driving is a lucrative and rewarding career path, it can get hard being away from family and friends. Staying connected with life back home isn’t always easy, but technology is making it easier than ever. Here are five ways for Canadian truck drivers to stay connected even when far from home:

Social Media

These days, it’s easier than ever to connect with you family, friends, and fellow truckers on social media. Networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube are great platforms through which you can stay connected with people back home. See pictures, share updates, and watch video. You can also make new friends with fellow truck drivers. You can follow us on Twitter at @LoadFTI or like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on news in the industry and get your trucking questions answered.

Trucking Forums

There are many great communities out there with advice and support for Canadian truck drivers. Sign up and make new friends and communicate with drivers who have been in your shoes or are experiencing similar feelings.

Skype & FaceTime

When phone calls or texts just won’t cut it, you can turn to Skype or FaceTime to see the faces of your loved ones. Especially if you have kids, just seeing their smiling faces can turn your whole day around and reenergize you. Skype is a free service which allows you to call or video chat on your phone, computer, tablet, or even video game console with loved ones all around the world. FaceTime is a product for Apple devices that allows live video chat over Wi-Fi.

Self-Help Audio Books

If you are looking to improve your relationships and develop more quality bonds, self-help books can offer a lot of valuable advice. Opting for the audiobook format means you can listen and learn while driving. You can even have your partner back home read the same book, and you can both discuss your thoughts on the topic. A service like Audible offers a free download of your first audio title.

Schedule Time

Just like you have a schedule for driving, you need to give yourself a schedule to connect. You can set an alert on your phone reminding you to call home, or set aside time to write a blog post to keep folks back home updated. Place a value on staying connected with your family and friends.

Home Time

When you are home, it’s important to take the time to connect with you family and friends before you head off on the road again. Don’t take it for granted!
These tips will help you stay connected. Invest the time and effort, and you’ll enjoy the payoff of fulfilling quality relationships with your loved ones.