As the wife of a long-haul trucker, I've had to learn how to do a few things. I thought I'd share a few of those new-found skills with you all today, not that these are all skills you will necessarily need to learn, unless you're also married to a trucker. Anyway...
Skill #1: I have created a system of doing the dishes whereby I can fit two meals worth into one drying rack. Actually, this might be a helpful skill to learn if you happen to have to do dishes by yourself on a regular basis. In doing this, I save myself much time and effort in having to both wash and dry all the dishes. If I fit them all into one rack, they can sit there and drip-dry overnight, and I can put them away in the morning without once picking up a dish towel.
Skill #2: I can find the fuel pump reset switch on a Ford Tempo. In all fairness, my husband is the one who showed me how to do this, but believe it or not, I actually had to use this skill once when I was all by myself and he was gone on the road. We don't have the Tempo anymore, but I'm pretty proud to say I could do this again if I had to. :) (And we won't go into many details about why I needed to use this skill...let's just say it involved coming around a corner to see a very unavoidable and large pothole and the jolt being such that the car actually shut off...)
Skill #3: I can check the PARS number on a shipment to determine if it's cleared customs yet or not. Don't ask me what a PARS number actually is though. All I know is that it's a bar code that goes on customs paperwork for a shipment crossing the border, and if it hasn't cleared yet when I check, it generally means Tim has to make a call to the load broker. Also, if I remember the number when he tells it to me, I can later use it to find out what time he crossed the border, and I can have a better idea of what time to expect him home. :)
Skill #4: How to not panic when I get a phone call saying, "I'm in a tornado!" Okay, so I'm not so good at this skill yet. However, I am pretty good at searching the Internet frantically to find out any and all weather reports for any given location.
Skill #5: How to drive near tractor trailers. Some people could use a lesson or two on this. Yes, they're bigger. Yes, in Ontario, they're also limited to a certain speed, and depending on how heavy the load is, they take a lot longer to stop than the average passenger vehicle. That said, I've learned never to cut off a truck, how to leave enough space for them to merge into traffic, and that sometimes following them in a snowstorm is a good idea.
So there you have it, a few semi-useful skills to have as a Trucker's Wife. Enjoy!