long distance date ideas for truckers

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many truckers won’t be home to spend the holiday with their significant other. However, that doesn’t mean truck drivers can’t still celebrate.

Here are a few long distance date ideas for truckers that go beyond sending flowers and chocolates.

Have Dinner Together on Skype

Just because you may be miles away doesn’t mean you can’t take a few minutes to enjoy a great dinner together via Skype or FaceTime. Plan what you both will eat together, set up your computer or phone, and eat together as if you were right next to each other.


Share a Private Spotify Playlist

Are there songs that instantly remind you of your significant other? Put these on a Spotify playlist and share it with your significant other. Consider just keeping the playlist private between the two of you to be able to listen to throughout the year.


Plan Future Dates

Brainstorm a list of the 5 top dates you both want to do once you are home. Try to make sure to plan dates for all seasons and weather. Plan out the dates and even mark them down on the calendar to give you both something fun to look forward to.


Watch a Movie Together

Just because you’re not together doesn’t mean you can’t still watch a great movie together. Pick a movie out beforehand, plan the time you both will hit play, and talk about the movie together over the phone. Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite snacks, and enjoy!


Play 20 Questions

Get to know your significant other more by playing a quick game of 20 questions. Some questions could include where is your dream vacation spot, what would your perfect day look like, what was your dream job when you were in kindergarten, and what exotic pet would you have.


We wish truckers and their significant others across the country a very Happy Valentine’s Day and we hope these long distance date ideas help make the day special.


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For one trucking couple, love rules the road

Valerie and David Lopez are a team at work and in life. The team drivers are owner operators leased to Roadrunner Transportation, and they know a thing or two about love. After all, they’ve been married for 25 years.

The Lopezes started teaming just one year ago. David has had a CDL trucking job for 10 years. Valerie worked for Los Angeles County for 23 years and put in time as a stay-at-home mom before joining David in the ranks of those with CDL trucking jobs.

“I love teaming,” Valerie says today. “Our kids are grown, so there was no need for me to stay at home anymore.”

For one couple, love rules the road.

The Lopezes at their wedding 25 years ago

Life on the road together has solidified Valerie and David’s bond. “We have a different connection now,” Valerie says. “Our relationship is 100 percent better. Before, David would be on the road and I would be home worried about him. The separation between us while he was on the road added to the stress.”

Before teaming with David, Valerie rode along with him for one year to get a taste of the trucking life.

It gave her an opportunity to see and understand what he experienced on the job. Trying to find parking, getting sick on the road, witnessing horrible accidents, it all opened Valerie’s eyes and brought the Lopezes closer together.

“We’re growing together all the time,” David says. “Valerie makes me laugh. We get to see each other and do things together now that we weren’t able to do before. Everything about working together is great.”

When they have the chance, the Lopezes take the time to go for walks, try their luck at a nearby casino, explore natural attractions and do whatever they can to keep the spark alive. Sharing experiences is part of what makes trucking together special for them.

“I’m not out here to work, work, work,” David says. “I’m out here to make the best of it, enjoy it and at the same time pay the bills.”

For one trucking couple, love rules the roadTeaming together has worked out well financially for the Lopezes and improved their communication at the same time.

“I love it out here,” Valerie says. “The time you get to spend alone and talk without background noise makes a big difference. With team driving, you don’t have time to argue. Seeing accidents out here on the road is another eye opener. Life can change in a minute. You don’t want to waste time arguing. You just want to enjoy the moment.”

After Valerie tired of sleeping alone every day while David was driving, the Lopezes made a conscious effort to make sure their sleep schedules overlapped for at least four hours every day. It was a simple change that has made a lasting difference in their marriage.

Between them, the Lopezes have three kids, ages 24 to 31.

The couple met at a Los Angeles house party when they were 19 years old. They were married three years later. Marriage hasn’t always been easy, but it has been worthwhile.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Valerie says of teaming with David. “I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been with each other so many years, but it works. If you make it work, it will work.”

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