Dealing with the isolation of truck driving

As a truck driver, you’re going to spend a significant amount of time alone on the road. Many people find it tough to deal with the isolation. In fact, it’s one of the biggest reasons why people quit truck driving careers. Learning how to handle being alone is one of the most important parts of the job other than the technical skills.

When you’re a truck driver, you’re basically separated from everything else going on around you. The vast majority of your day is nothing but roads, rest stops, and parking lots. For all but a few hours a day, you’re entirely alone, and when you’re not, you’re in the company of complete strangers. Home feels very far away – it often is, too.

Even when you do get the chance to spend some time at home, things aren’t always the same. You’re physically present again, but the world kept on going even though you weren’t there. For many truck drivers, home loses its sense of familiarity and comfort. The solitude doesn’t end just because you’re not on the road any more. It’s tough to accept, but when you’re out on the road, people get used to you not being around.

Even when you manage to reconnect with friends and family, most of them won’t and can’t understand because they haven’t done the things you’ve done. The difficulty of the job and the many hours spent completely alone are alien to them, and that just ends up driving a bigger gap between you and your old life. Being a truck driver means that to some extent, you’re abandoning the life you used to have.

If you don’t have a family and close friends, becoming a truck driver can be a great decision. If that’s not the case, though, it’s important to understand that sacrifices will have to be made. You can still take jobs that won’t bring you far from home, but there’s always some level of solitude in truck driving.