Many truckers who spend a few days away from home while transporting cargo find themselves in long-distance relationships. For some couples, maintaining a long-distance relationship is easy, but for others, not so much.
Although physical presence is only overcome once the truck driver returns from the road, it`s possible to alleviate this issue with all the technological resources available, such as video calls, messaging services, photos, etc.
All these online tools are a great way to stay in touch with your partner as a few years ago, truck drivers did not have them and had to rely on making calls in telephone booths.
For a relationship to be healthy and long-lasting, it`s important to maintain open and regular communication with your partner to build trust. Otherwise, it will lead to mistrust, jealousy, fears, and insecurities.
To maintain a strong bond with your partner when you are required to spend several days away from home, you must:
1- Analyze the bond of the relationship – When a relationship is solid, it`s much more difficult for it to break due to the challenges of separation. For this reason, the truck driver must analyze how their relationship is and the bond they maintain. If there are already too many problems in the relationship, it`s possible that the distance will aggravate them. If the couple is able to identify their weak points and work on them together, being away from each other will not further break the relationship.
2- Seek to adapt to the situation – When your work requires you to be away for a few days, you and your partner must figure out a way to adapt to that reality in the best possible way. Try to establish regular communication with your partner when you are away on the road, but also be flexible in terms of unforeseen events that may delay a chat or virtual meeting. Also, plan to spend quality moments together once you are back from the road again.
3- Cultivate complicity – Although you and your partner are physically separated by the road, that doesn`t mean that you should stop being involved in each other`s lives. On the contrary, it`s the moment to reinforce complicity and show commitment. Both of you should share information about your day and things that have happened and that will happen the next day, as well as share details about each other`s lives.
4- Establish life goals together – When there are common goals, it`s much easier to think about a future as a couple. This may include planning a special get-together on the homecoming date, getting jobs that mean short commutes to spend more time together, scheduling vacation trips, or going on walks when you both have free time.