4 tips to getting the most out of your home time as a CDL driver
Posted: December 21, 2021
For most truck drivers, quality home time is one of the most valuable parts of the job. This is the time where you can relax a little, recharge, and spend time with your loved ones. We all know that choosing a career in trucking means you’re spending a lot of time away from home. That’s why it’s so important to maximize the time you do get to spend at home and during your time off. Here are four great tips for getting the most out of your home time:
1. Leave your stress at the door.
Trucking can be a stressful job. Not only is it important to have outlets for your stress and mental health, as well as have someone to talk to when you need it, we also believe it’s a good idea to set aside those stressors when you walk through the front door of your home when you can. Why? Your home time is limited as it is. It’s important to make the most of the time you have with your loved ones. Make your home a sacred place where you can protect your relationships and precious family time from things that may be weighing you down at work.
This is also why we believe in having good stress management and mental health care regularly. The more you’re able to take care of your mental health needs out on the road and on a consistent basis, the easier it will be to focus on the relationships that are most important to you at home.
2. Stay in touch regularly.
We love face-to-face conversation too, but the beauty of technology is that we can communicate with our loved ones wherever we are. Be intentional about staying in touch while you’re on the road. This allows you to spend time doing other things at home because you’re already up to date on the minor details.
3. Have a plan for your home time.
You don’t have to have every second of your home time scheduled out, but it is a good idea to have a plan for what you’d like to do and who you’d like to see when you’re home. Touch base with everyone’s schedule so that you can set your expectations for who you will be able to spend time with. Find out what activities are happening and set aside time for things you may need to take care of, such as a home repair or a medical appointment. The more organized you are ahead of time, the more you’ll be able to enjoy your time at home.
4. Sign on with CalArk for predictable weekend home time
We know from speaking with our drivers and our expertise in this industry that the best home time is when it’s consistent and predictable. This gives you the ability to make plans and know exactly when you’ll be home. At CalArk, our dedicated regional runs not only get you predictable home time on the weekends, but you have the option to take a portion of your 10-hour breaks at home during the week too.
Our current regional driving jobs can be found here. We’d also be happy to help you find the right opportunity for you. Connect with us to get started!