My 2 cents....
I can understand your apprehension about your hubby becoming a truck driver. It is most definiltely is different type of lifestyle! Fist off I will say that it takes a special type of woman to be a truck driver's wife. It is not an easy thing to do. It isn't easy being the one that is home alone everynight, nor is it easy having to be the one that has to deal with everything that happens in the house etc., examples, dealing with the kids, dealing with home repairs etc. BUT it can be done! Many woman have dealt with it and have done so beautifully. What is important is that you both are on the same page. It is hard having your spouse away from home for such long periods of time and this is where keeping the lines of communication open come into play. The fact that your hubby seems to think that he will be able to go to school, get his training, get a dedicated route fresh out of training AND make $800.00 per week is a tad bit off. As others have pointed out to you already most "Newbies" do NOT make out this way. They usually have to pay their dues so to speak. I would suggest that your hubby do some more research on the subject, perhaps even come into the chatroom here on Layover and start asking some questions. Another idea would be to privately email those that have already responded to his post. I strongly suggest that the two of you sit down and talk openly and honestly about this. This way you both can express your concerns etc. As I have said before, do your research, ask lots of questions and try to make the best informed decision that works best for the both of you as well as your family. A career in driving truck is a lifestyle that has the potential to be successful, however nowadays it takes more than a determination to succeed. There are MANY other factors that enter into play here. Least of which is the price of diesel! He needs to consider how much it would cost for him to live out there compared to what he may be earning. As other's have pointed out previously, I highly doubt that he is going to start off making $800.00 per week, I would say maybe $300.00-$400.00 per week BEFORE taxes etc. He also should be considering the amount of time spent away from home and family. If he thinks that he will be home most weekends if he is lucky enough to get a dedicated run, or every 2 - 3 weeks otherwise, he needs to rethink this. Even well seasoned truckers are not that fortunate, and just because he thinks he has an understanding dispatcher, well think again. Not all are able to, or willing to go to such lengths. Get the facts first, talk about it with your hubby and both be open and honest. It can be done, but it don't come easy. The very best of luck to you both! Believe me when I say that NO career is worth you home & family! Good luck to you both and please keep us posted!