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It's a Team's Life

Team Driving

By Linda Caffee
Posted Jun 14th 2019 10:23AM

There seems to be a mistaken idea that team driving means we are always together, and while that is technically true, it really is far from the truth.  We share a business, and our business is running a truck legally.   This means that while I am driving Bob spends his time in the sleeper either sleeping or working on his own projects and vice versa when he is driving.

Bob's interest lies in making sure the truck is in tiptop condition mechanically and also in looks.  His motto, " A clean truck is a happy truck" is something he lives by.  To keep our truck in tip top shape since it is often running up and down the roads 24 hours a day when it is stopped he is either cleaning on the truck or making sure everything is working correctly. 

When a truck is moving as often as our truck moves, little things happen or shake loose and there is a lot of moving parts on this truck.  In the wintertime, he has to watch that salt or ice buildup does not damage anything or get into the wiring.  Our liftgate is something he watches regularly as it seems to catch a lot of the road spray.  In spring it seems as if we see a lot of blown tires and campers sitting beside the road and those tire pieces can wreak havoc on our undercarriage. 

Bob is also often found researching and reading to keep up with new technology as well as rules and regulations that could affect our business.  We are also continually learning as we know our next truck purchase is right around the corner and with new technology comes new ideas we want on our next Freightliner.

My interest is in the financial side of the truck and the interior.  While I am not driving my work is to keep the monetary side of the business up to date, get all of the receipts entered into Quicken, copied, and then filed away.   I am continually looking for ways to trim costs or maximize our options to earn more.  During my non-driving time, I also keep up with our various blogs and our Trucker Buddy classes. 

Two people living in such a small area also requires wiping down surfaces, making sure everything is kept in its proper place, and preparing meals that can be eaten at any time.  I am often driving when Bob is ready for lunch, and having a meal that only needs to be warmed up is very easy for Bob to heat and eat.   We never know how hard we will run from day to day and so we are always prepared to drop everything we are doing and not get back to a project for several days.

Another benefit to team driving with a spouse is we rarely are in a hurry to get home, as we can enjoy our life out here on the road away from home. We get to enjoy the area of the country that we are in and the sites that we get to see.  A dear friend of ours, Terry O'Connell wrote this piece, and this is our motto:

Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle; 


Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure;


Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job;


Expediting isn't just a job, it's a business.

How do we stand being together all of the time?  The same as any couple that has a business, Bob does his thing, and I do my, and then we have something to talk about when we do get a chance to sit down and relax for a spell.  We still have our interests that we pursue on our off time they just often have to happen while going down the road in a moving vehicle. We also have our best friend with us when we are in a new part of the country and go exploring.  How does it get any better than that?

Bob & Linda Caffee

TeamCaffee

Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005

linda.caffee8@gmail.com

 

Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle;

Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure;

Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job;

Expediting isn't just a job, it's a business.

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