The emotional battle of a truck driver’s wife

Two’s a company, three’s a crowd.

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This would best define what it’s like to be married to a long-haul truck driver. More often than not, the profession acts as an extra wheel, getting in the way of family life. For instance, truck drivers would call in to cancel tonight’s family dinner, send a text message explaining they cannot come to the PTA meeting, or tell their wife they couldn’t come back home for a few days or so. All these and more are inevitable occurrences which truck drivers and their families have to endure in exchange for food on the table.

Surely, the profession pays the bills. But is it worth it? For some wives, coping with the work schedule of their husband is as easy as 1, 2, 3 while for some, it’s a strenuous effort.

Being a wife of a long distance trucker can be difficult. The wife has to run the household and fend for the kids all by herself. It’s more like she’s stuck in a long-distance relationship. Moreover, the couple runs the risk of psychological distance. While some couples appreciate the distance as a means of understanding themselves more, others are more inclined to equate distance as alienation. With alienation comes the tendency for the couple to fear that their partner might be unfaithful.

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However, being married to a truck driver can also be fruitful. There are many truck drivers who have been successful in juggling their job and their role as husband and father. It’s important to maintain a positive outlook in life and do what needs to be done in order to get by with things that couldn’t be changed. Like in all relationships, the keys to keeping a marriage strong are having trust and effective communication.

More insights on a trucker’s life can be found at this Thomas Pecora blog.

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