Going Long: The One-Sided View

The decision between local and long-distance driving is often one that is easily made without being fully considered. Going on the road is often presented as a package full of rewards. You can travel for free, get paid well, and not have to deal with a boss every day. But, that is only one side of the tale.

If you are still undecided whether you will go long distance, or if you recently made the decision, here are two major issues that you should consider.

Taxing Relationships

Being alone on long stretches of road may seem appealing, but at some point, most people want companionship. When drivers go long distance, they often do so without any plans or strategies for maintaining their relationships. It is usually not too long before they are slapped by the reality that distant relationships do not maintain themselves.

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Relationship problems are common for long-distance drivers. Some come home expecting to unwind but are confronted by the emotional turmoil of a dissatisfied partner. Some get home to find that their partners did not wait around to say goodbye.

If you decide to drive long distance, realize that starting and maintaining a relationship may become very difficult. It may be even more difficult to make progress in your relationships, such as moving toward marriage.

Sometimes partners may not be making vain complaints when they raise concerns about the amount of time that you are away. Sometimes long-distance drivers simply cannot offer what is needed in a particular relationship.

More Money Earned, More Money Spent

Driving long distance can undoubtedly earn you a nice bundle of cash. But, if you are not careful, you may find yourself clutching a pay stub wondering where the money went. A lot of people do not realize how expensive living on the road can be.

It is hard to keep travel cheap, even when someone else is paying for the lodging and the gas. If you are driving your own rig, then you are really in for a financial awakening. Driving long-distance can be like supporting two households.

Buying meals, drinks, and energy supplies can easily cost hundreds of dollars per week. Every shower that you take will normally require you to whip out your wallet. Expect that sometimes you will forget things, such as a toothbrush, socks, or your phone charger and you will need to replace them. Still, the costs of entertainment have not been added. Whether it is DVDs, satellite radio, or video games in the truck stop, you probably will want some type of relief on the road and you will have to pay for it.

At the same time, you may have to pay all of the same expenses at home, especially if you have a family. Many long-distance drivers don’t end up with the profits they expect. Instead of just concentrating on what you will earn, consider just as closely what you will spend.