Louise Thomas works 65 hours a week as a truck driver and both she
and her partner Russell, also a driver, are working this Valentine’s
Day. Despite this, Louise has still made plans to celebrate the
holiday in whatever way her schedule will allow. Here, she explains
those plans, as well as what she loves most about working as a trucker.
What do you love most about being a trucker?
Louise: I like the challenge. Every day is different
and you meet different people every day. I can be carrying anything
from cladding which is only a couple of tons, to a couple of vehicles
or plant equipment which needs chaining down. I could be at the top of
Scotland one day and Cornwall the next. I get to see places I would
never bother to visit. The views can be breath taking.
How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?
Louise: My partner Russ is away on European work so
there will be no celebration on the day. We'll make up for it when he
gets back. I think he'll bring some flowers home, maybe! My card is at
home – I hid his card in his suitcase! In the past he has surprised me
with gifts, Pandora bracelets etc. I have three now.
What do you typically do to celebrate if one or both of you is
out on the road?
Louise: Normally we always have to wait until the
weekend to swap gifts and cards since that's the only time we see each other.
Do you have any advice for other truckers celebrating the day
on the road?
Louise: Yes, make up for it at the weekend! Spoil
your partner when you get home. Send a text early so your partner
wakes up to something romantic to show you're thinking of them. We all
love a nice text! We're on our own the majority of the time so it's
good to know someone somewhere is thinking about you.