5 Things You Need To Become A Truck Driver

What do you need to become a truck driver?

 

If you are looking into driving a truck as a career and are wondering what you need to become a truck driver, then you are in the right place. I’m going to share with you 5 basic things you need to consider if you are even going to be considered a candidate for the career.

Let me start off by saying that becoming a truck driver is not hard. There may be a few challenges some people have to overcome but, compared to other career choices, becoming a truck driver is easy.

Here are the 5 basic things you need to help you clear the first step of starting your trucking career.

 

1. Your Age

truck driver ageEven though you can become a truck driver before you are 21yrs old, you will find it very difficult to find a company that will hire you. If you find one, it will most likely be like farm work, oil field work etc and you will not be allowed to drive across state lines.

As of this writing, to become an interstate truck driver (meaning you drive across different states), you need to be at least 21 years old. There is a bill in Congress where they are talking about lowering that age requirement to 18 years. Maybe things will change in the future.

 

2. Your criminal record

As a truck driver, you will be moving thousands, sometimes millions worth of merchandise. Trucking companies want to know that they are hiring someone they can trust with that kind of freight.

Your criminal record is one of the ways to help them identify the kind of person they are hiring.

If you have a criminal record, it may be hard for you to become a truck driver but, it doesn’t mean they won’t consider you. Depending on the type of crime and how long ago the crime was committed, some trucking companies will give you a chance.

What you may need in this case are strong references and a good work history to help improve your chances of being considered.

 

3. Your driving record.

This one shouldn’t surprise you because trucking companies are in the business of moving freight and the autonomous trucks being talked about haven’t yet taken over the truck driver jobs.

Just because you can drive doesn’t mean you can get a trucking job. The trucking industry wants or should I even say needs safe drivers.

They want to move that freight safely and on time. That’s where truck drivers have to shine. When it comes to driving, we (truck drivers) are mostly judged by two factors.

1. Are we safe drivers?
2. Are we reliable drivers?

Too many accidents, speeding tickets, and moving violations make it hard for you to get a trucking job. This is because it tells the trucking companies that you are a reckless driver and you may be hard to insure you.

If you have an accident or a moving violation on your record, trucking companies will still hire you. But, that will depend on the company and how long the violation was.

So, make sure your driving record is good or isn’t too bad.

 

4. Your work history

Your work history helps to show the company what kind of person you are as an employee.

Do you keep jumping around from one company to another, or are you one that is stable? Having a good work history will help to separate you from the crowd and also speed up your application.

Also, keep in mind that most trucking companies don’t want to see a lapse in employment. If you do have a lapse, you will have to account for it.

 

5. Your Health

Trucking companies want to know that you are healthy enough to be driving a truck.

Believe it or not, there are many drivers that have failed to make it through orientation because of their health. the big issue that takes drivers out is high blood pressure.

Before being hired on with a trucking company, you will need to go through a medical and physical exam. And you will need to do that exam every 2 years or every year if you have a health issue that needs to be kept under control.

 

Why do you want to become a truck driver?

 

When I got into trucking I did not have a specific goal of what I wanted to achieve as a truck driver. I guess I just assumed that there was a way of “climbing the career ladder.”

I don’t want you to waste your life like I did. Time in trucking flies. I don’t want you to look back one morning and realize ten years have passed and you haven’t climbed any ladder.

If you don’t set a goal of what you want to accomplish in trucking. You may have nothing to show for the years you spend driving trucks.

So, if you choose to become a truck driver, think hard about what you want to make of your trucking career. Write it down and make a workable plan towards it.

If you chose to become a truck driver, this bonus step alone will put you in the 20% of truck drivers that have a great trucking career.

Until next time,

Stay Safe.

Truck Driving: The Combined Dedication to Skills and Lifestyle

There’s no easy answer to the question is the truck-driving profession hard?

The answer to that question is relative to what other profession or career you are comparing it to.

If you compare it to being a soldier in battle, then truck driving is relatively easier. If you compare it to being a stay-at-home mother, teacher or security guard, or even a lawyer, then trucking is harder or easier depending on how you look at those jobs.

It all depends on what profession you are comparing it to.

But, when it comes to trucking, there are two factors to think about when going into the profession, LIFESTYLE and SKILLS.

• Lifestyle

The lifestyle of a professional truck driver is lonely. It is not for those who mind being alone, away from loved ones and friends for long periods like 1-2 weeks or more.

The plus side is the traveling, obviously, so it is wonderful for a person who loves to travel, see different places and meet different people.

When you land your first gig in trucking, there will, of course, be an adjustment to being alone and on the road most of the time. This is a part of trucking that some truck drivers find very hard at first (adjusting to the loneliness).

But as you get the hang of it, and you get comfortable as well as adjusted to the situation, you’ll be surprised to find that you may enjoy this “alone time.”

 

 

• Skills

In truck driving, you are required to have more than the ordinary driving skills of an ordinary vehicle.

You are required to learn and practice the skills of driving this big vehicle. Maneuvering it in tight spaces, ensuring that the vehicle around you and the cargo you’re hauling aren’t damaged in any way.

There’s also the concern for safety in all situations while driving as well as when parked or where you park. These are the skills that you have to learn in the trade of driving big vehicles.

Whether you’re a hands-on learner and can grasp the skills immediately or not, the different sets of skills required take time for you to learn. It will take a lot of dedication and hard work.

Professional truck driving allows you the freedom to be on your own as well as the responsibility to bring cargo and items to and from one destination to another on time and safely.

So, is truck driving hard?

I would choose to say that trucking is not hard but it’s CHALLENGING.

How To Start A Trucking Career

Hi everyone! I’m in Mesquite, Nevada, it’s early in the morning and I just got here at my delivery. I’m waiting for them to come. My delivery is supposed to be at 9 o’clock but I just got here at 8 o’clock and so I have about an hour before they can come so I just wanted to make a quick video and share with you my story of how I got into trucking, because in case you are out there and you are still, you know, like making up your mind or deciding if you want to get into trucking I just thought that if I share with you how I got into trucking that could be a benefit to you.

I got into trucking in 2006 in July, that’s when I went to the trucking school. I actually went to the company, the company has a trucking school, and prior to that, I was in different kinds of jobs. I was in the manufacturing company. I had a job as a manufacturer. I also worked in a warehouse and from 2003 I was in sales. I worked as an insurance salesman and some financial products and I also worked as a car salesman.

So at one point I actually held both the insurance sales and car sales at one point. And the reason why I left the other jobs and went into sales is because, one, I wanted to make more money and then the other is, after working in situations where you always have a supervisor just watching over your back and every move you make, I realized I don’t really do well in such an atmosphere so I wanted something that was kind of independent where I could just do my work without really someone watching over every move that I make.

I’m that kind of person that likes the freedom to do what I want to do at what place I really want to do it at. And yet the jobs that I really had they were more like you had to drag your feet and pretend to be working and all that stuff. I don’t do well in such environments. Anyway, so I went into sales but the challenge I had with sales is, I guess I wasn’t so good at selling, especially when it came to prospecting for new clients, I wasn’t good at that.

And the other challenge was that it was commission based which meant that you only had to be paid based on the kind of business that you did, so every other week or other month you really didn’t know how your paycheck is going to look like. And if you are not careful what happens in such a situation, you could get so focused on the money that you start, you know, like not really giving your customers the best care or you start really focusing and worrying about money than you do about your work.

So I did that for three years and then I decided, just one day, that I wanted something where I could have a stead paycheck and not worry about how much money I’m going to make this month or this week or whatever period. I didn’t want to worry about the bills and all that stuff. So I remember I was at the car dealership working and then I just decided because all year round somebody had told me about trucking, that it was really a good place where people were making money, and I like the idea that you didn’t really have someone watching your every move, you were kind of independent.

You just get into your truck, drive for whatever miles you have to drive to, as long as you did your job well and no one was really watching over you. And that kind of appealed to me, so what I did is, when I left the dealership, I went home, sat on the internet and look…started researching for companies where I could train and so I saw a company, that was C.R. England, and I liked their video, I don’t know if they still have the video, I liked their video and I decided I was going to call them.

I called them and, believe it or not, they scheduled me for school the following week, and so the following week I went to class and started my trucking career. Now, I said all this to say that sometimes people want to get into something but they will spend weeks and months and trying to look for all the information and coming up with every little excuse they can think about.

If you really want to get into trucking don’t waste a lot of time trying to look for all other minute information about trucking. All I did was sit at the computer, within minutes I saw this school, I called them up and they scheduled me to go to school the following week and I was in class the following week. So if you want to get into trucking I encourage you, just make up your mind and get your feet wet.

At the website, I’ve written an article now if you go there and look at the article that could probably give you some ideas of things that you should consider and think you should look for in a trucking company or the things you need to look into as you make your decision. After reading that article I encourage you, just decide on a company that is closest to you, go and start. That will help you a lot because you will realize that you may not even be able to go through the orientation, maybe there is a problem that will hinder you from getting into trucking or you may start training and you realize trucking is not for you.

So that’s why I say that it’s better for you to just go and find out. You are either going to stick with it or you are not. When you are done with your training you may change companies or you will be directed more easily than if you just sit there trying to figure out if trucking is for you or it’s not. The first step is for you to get into school and get your feet wet, and then you will make other decisions as the time goes by.

So I share with you my story just to let you know that it only took me what? Probably 30 minutes or less for me to get into school and six years later I’m still her. So I hope that helps you, until next time, stay safe.

Bye bye.

Steps To Help You Study And Pass Your CDL Test

Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Moses here at The Driver Success Channel, and today I just want to share with you a few tips on taking your CDL test or if you want to add HAZMAT to Tankers or any other endorsements on your test but I think these tips work also for anyone that is taking any test. These are things that I do to take my tests. I’m making some changes in my life. Ever since I go to my Class A I have never had any endorsements.

I have always hesitated on getting Hazmat or Tankers or doubles or anything like that because I didn’t really feel the need to…. I was okay with what I was doing and I didn’t have the need to but right now I’m making some changes in my life. We are planning on moving in a few weeks from California going to Texas. I’ll be sharing with you more about that in other videos, just letting you know why I’m moving and just keeping you updated on how things are happening.

But today I just want to share with you what I’m doing. Right now I signed up, I set an appointment in a week’s time to be taking my… you see that? I’m studying for…I’m studying for my Hazmat and I’m thinking probably I want to take my Tankers too so what I am doing, I’m going to study for my Hazmat and my Tankers test and take it on Wednesday. So I’m recording this on a Wednesday and next Wednesday I’ll be taking the test.

So what I did is, I just give myself one week. So that’s one of the things. Give yourself time where you’ll be forced to study. Don’t just put it in a place where you say, “Hah, whenever I get to it. No, give yourself a time period. So I put myself in a dilemma and what I did is I went online and set up an appointment to take the test on Wednesday. So that gives me one week of really studying and taking the test.

Now the way I get the time to study is every time I have a stop and they’re unloading me, right now they’re unloading me, I get out my book and I start reading. But here are some of the tips I want to give you, the way I’m doing it, and hopefully, I’ll let you know when if I pass, and I am thinking I will pass. But here is the way I’m doing it. The first thing I did when I started studying is, I went online and I looked for CDL tests for hazardous material, right, so I went through 25 questions, this is before I read anything.

I went through 25 questions just by reading the questions and trying to answer them. Now, some of these tests that were there said, when you answer a question if you get it wrong they’ll let you know you got it wrong and here is the right answer. So I was just doing some guesswork using common sense.

I ended up passing some of the tests, because if you use common sense some of these things you can pass, but anyway, I went through 25 of them. So after going through those 25 questions, I started reading the book. And the reason I have behind doing it that way is, usually with the brain, the way our mind works is it goes in search for answers.

When you want to know something then your mind goes in search for answers. So for me, I think if you have an opportunity to look at the questions before you even start reading, it will create a curiosity within your mind. You will want to know stuff so based on that when you go to read the book you will realize that some of the stuff that you’re finding in the book you remember you saw the question. And then as you read, the book is divided into different sections, if you feel you are tired of reading the book then go back and do some more questions and then come back and read the book and then try not to read for a long time, give yourself breaks.

When you give yourself breaks and let your mind relax a little bit it helps you retain that information. So now I’m almost done with a section for Hazmat. So when I’m done with that section I’m going to go and just concentrate on just taking questions, so most of the days I’m going to be just doing questions. Answer as many questions as you can. Look for as many tests as you can, there are many websites out there that are giving these tests.

What I’ll do, I’ll put a link to some for these tests on the website, driversuccess.com, so that those of you who want to do tests you can find the links in case you’re looking for these practice tests. You go and you just do the practice. Take as many questions as you can concerning whatever you want to do, whether you’re just getting your license or an endorsement. The more questions you answer, the more information you will get.

Now if you realize there are some questions that you continuously fail then you go back and read the grade book. But that’s the plan I’m going to use and hopefully, I will be able to pass the test. I’m thinking, I looked at the section to do with tankers and it looks like it’s a short section so I’m thinking I’m going to read it too and then go and when I get there and realize I can do the tankers too I’ll do both and see what happens. But anyway, it’s the first time that I’m taking…I’m going to add an endorsement to my license.

And the funny thing is, even just reading through the material just makes me realize why I have always not wanted to do this test. But I think with me making this move to Texas I need more opportunities to open up and I just need to become…to look into other areas and see. I don’t want to just always do the same thing. I want to see what’s out there so I want to venture into other areas like Hazmat and see how it is. As I said, I’ll keep you informed.

Anyway, I just wanted to make a video just to catch up with you guys and also let you know what I’m doing, what’s happening in my life and just give you tips on what I’m doing really to pass my CDL. So for those of you out there that are getting your license maybe for the very first time or you are studying for an endorsement or even any other tests you’re studying for, really if you have an opportunity to look at the questions first, read the questions and then when you go to read the book, the material, your mind will kind of be in that state of looking for answers.

And then when you are done with the material just go back and do as many questions as you can so when you get to the test you will already know most of these things.

Alright guys, until next time, stay safe and stay blest. Don’t forget to subscribe in case you haven’t yet. And if you are not part of the Driver Success family, head over to driver success.com, leave your email address so that in case I’m communicating to any of you, I guess I’m communicating to the family, to the community, you can be able to get that communication.

Until next time again,

stay blessed and stay safe.

Bye bye.

How Truck drivers Can Make Up To $85000 And More.

How much do truck drivers make?

I have written about this common question, and you can read about the right way to answer that question here.

I found an article on monster about Mike Gaffin that I want us to use to help us see what it may take to make $85,000 a year as a truck driver.

Love, or at least like what you do

Like in any other career, the people who love what they do tend to succeed more than those who get into the career just for the money. Mike’s dream since childhood was to drive trucks. His father is a truck driver and I guess that where the influence came from.

Work hard

I’m surprised at how many people want to earn a lot of money driving trucks but do not want to put in the hard work it takes to make the kind of money they want. To make good money driving trucks, you must be willing to do the things other drivers don’t want to do.

Mike is a long haul driver and drives in one of the areas in the country (Northeast) that most truck drivers don’t want to drive in.

Make necessary sacrifices

What are you willing to sacrifice? One of the biggest challenge faced by truck drivers is time away from their family. I’m not sure how often Mike goes home but from reading the article, it doesn’t look like he is home every night.

Focus on the long term

When Mike started out driving trucks, he was earning $40,000. Over a period of ten years, he is now earning about $85,000 (earnings may be even higher for him as you read this).

Don’t expect to come into trucking and make $85,000 your first year. Find out what it takes to make the kind of money that you want to make, then set a goal and make plans to get there. Don’t be short sighted by the hardships you may face your first year.

Mike advises that you attend a reputable truck driving school, commit to one trucking company for at least one year, pay attention to what you eat, and get used to irregular sleeping patterns.

You can go read the whole article. It is short and will not take a lot of your time.

What truck driver trainees should bring for over the road training

For the most part, after you finish your trucking school and pass your CDL test, the next step will be to go out over the road with an experienced truck driver who will help train you in the everyday aspects of trucking.

I say for the most part because there are a few drivers who may be lucky to get a local company (trucking or non-trucking company) that may hire them on without over the road experience.

Truck drivers will tell you that no company can hire you as a new truck driver straight out of school. That is not true. Finding a company to hire you may be hard but it’s possible. I say it because I have seen it happen on numerous accounts.

Even though it is possible, I personally wouldn’t want to recommend you to take that route.

I would encourage you to invest at least 1-3 months of over the road training even if you have a company that is willing to hire you as a local truck driver.

The experience you get training over the road in different scenarios will be worth the time and sacrifice you invest.

When you get ready to go with your trainer, remember that you are going to be two people sharing a very small space. Don’t bring a lot of things with you.

You are going to be a “visitor” on someone else’s truck. When you get your own truck, you will be able to bring with you whatever you want. During training, you just want to carry the essentials.

Also, if something happens and you don’t get along with your trainer, you don’t want him or her throwing you off their truck with a bunch of stuff. (Yes it happens). You want to be able to get off the truck with a bag or two (at most) that will make it easy to get on a train or plane.

Here is a list of things you should consider.

1. A few clothes

I’m not going to tell you how many shirts of pants you need to go into detail that you need underwears and socks. I believe you can figure out what you need.

2. Bedding

Don’t forget to bring bedsheets and a bedcover that will serve you well. I suggest you get a bed cover that is not bulky.

3. Personal hygiene stuff

This is everything you think you may need for your hygiene. Deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, nail clippers, shaving stuff, etc.

4. Towel and wash cloth

Although I’m not obsessed with cleanliness, I do consider myself a relatively clean person and one who is conscious about certain things.

Truck stops do provide you with towels, wash clothes, and bathing soap. But, I would personally advise you carry your own if you can.

5. Bathroom slippers.

Most truck drivers don’t mind showering bare feet at truck stop bathrooms. But, again, just for your health, I advise you bring bathroom slippers.

6. Dry, canned and microwaveable foods

You will need to pack some food for yourself if you want to save money while on the road. Truck stop food is very expensive.

Remember that when you are training you are not making a lot of money. So you want to be wise in your spending.

7. Microwaveable dish and cup

Having a microwaveable dish and cup will come in handy and will save you a lot of money too. One of the ways to save money and stay healthy on the road as a truck driver is to become creative in your eating habits.

Because you don’t have a stove in the truck or anywhere on the road for that matter, to help you cook, the microwave will become a cooking friend. So having a microwaveable dish and cup will help.

8. Water bottle/cup and flask

Over the road truck drivers usually drive for hours without taking a break. This is often necessary because the job requires us to make on time deliveries.

One of the way to ensure that is planning your journey. If you know you are going to be rolling down the highway for 4-5 hours without stopping, then you need to plan on what you will be eating and drinking during that time.

If you are like me who enjoys drinking hot tea, you definitely need to have a flask.

For the water bottle/cup, I suggest you get a really big one that also has the capability of keeping your water cold if you like cold water.

9. Laundry detergent

You will have an opportunity to do laundry at the truck stops. So bring yourself some detergent because the one at the truck stops is a bit pricey.

10. Work gloves

Hooking and unhooking will be a big part of your job. Most trainers enjoy sitting back and having the trainee do that stuff. So get yourself some good work gloves to help protect your hands.

These are the things I think will help you get through your training smoothly. They should be able to fit in a good big traveling bag.

Until next time,

Stay safe.

Challenges faced by people in the truck driving careeer

Just like any other career, driving trucks has its challenges. Truck driving has one of the highest turnover rates when it comes to jobs in the US.

Here are some of the challenges that come with the trucking career.

Strain on relationships

One of the biggest reasons most truck drivers quit their job in a few months is because of the kind of stress put on the driver’s relationships.

When one starts out driving a truck, getting a local driving job or a job that will at least let him/her be at home a couple of days within the week is very hard and.

This means that the driver has to be away from his/her family for weeks at a time and when they get some time off, it’s just for a couple of days.

Very few couples can handle this kind of sacrifice. Especially if they have young kids.

I have talked to many drivers that are divorced and have lost their families just because they started a truck driving career.

Starting a truck driving career works better for those who are still single when starting out because after you have six months to a year of driving experience, it becomes easier to find something that will allow you to get home more frequently.

If you are married and have kids, make sure you sit down with your loved ones and make the decision together. The first year of trucking will be very stressful.

You all must be in agreement if trucking is to work out for you.

Loneliness and boredom

Before I started driving trucks, I used to consider myself as a person who liked to be alone. I quickly realized this is not true after I had finished my training and was driving solo.

Driving a truck solo (by yourself) is very lonely.

You listen to the radio, talk on the phone, talk to yourself, think and do all you can imagine, but soon run out of what will take away the boredom and loneliness.

I have come to realize that human beings were not meant to be alone and there is nothing that can replace the company of a fellow human being.

To help overcome the loneliness, some drivers bring along family members on their trips and some travel with their pets.

I don’t know if a dog, cat or any other pet would help take away the loneliness but I guess every driver is trying to find a solution to this problem.

Inconsistent Paycheck

Usually in other careers other than the commission based ones, one usually knows what their paycheck amount is going to be since the pay rate and hours worked are usually the same.

In truck driving, your paycheck is inconsistent because you are paid by the miles (generally speaking).

A driver could have a good week where he/she runs 3000+ miles followed by a lousy week where they can’t even get 2000 miles. This can make it very difficult for a driver to budget his/her finances.

There are ways to overcome this issue. Go read and listen to this.

Health issues

One of the biggest issues faced by truck drivers is health.

Many drivers have left the truck driving career because of bad health. In addition to a commercial driver license, truck drivers have to carry a medical card.

This card is obtained by undergoing and passing a department of transportation medical and physical test. Failure to pass the DOT test means losing your commercial driver license.

The reason most drivers have bad health is because of the nature of the job.

Drivers sit for long hours driving and do not endeavor to do any exercises. In addition to that, because they are always on the road, “junk” food becomes their number one choice of food.

This combination of inactivity and bad eating has not only put people out of the truck driving career but has killed many drivers too.

Hard to pursue other things

Currently, this is my number one challenge.

Finding the time to pursue other things like going to school, going to church, socializing, getting involved in communities, etc becomes very hard when you are a truck driver.

It is easy to be caught in just driving trucks and fail to socialize or even have an exit plan in case you want to do something else with your life.

Trucking can easily take all your time if you are not careful.

Lot of hours

While most jobs usually have the standard 40 hours a week of working, truck driving is different.

Truck drivers work 10 to 14 hours a day and put in 60 to 70 hours a week. And I only say that because legally, truck drivers have a 14 hour and 70-hour rule.

Most drivers look for ways to work above the legal limit not because they want to but because they want to put in enough miles or hours to be able to make a good paycheck.

Safety

Just think about it. Tens of thousands of accidents happen on US road EVERY DAY. Millions every year. You can go here to get an idea of the stats.

Every time a truck driver gets behind that wheel, he/she is driving a long, tall and heavy equipment.

Most people we share the road with have no clue how the 18 wheelers work and so do not care how they drive around them.

Every working day for truck drivers is a day faced with safety challenges.

That is why I encourage my fellow truck drivers to always ask and thank God for his protection. If you are not a truck driver, always remember us in your prayers as we drive on those roads.

Until next time,

Stay Safe.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider A Career As A Truck Driver

If you are a young person looking for a career to go into, or you are someone looking to change careers, here are some reasons why you should think about becoming a truck driver.

1. Always Hiring

We all know how the past few years have been very hard on people in relation to employment and the ability to put food on the table for their families.

In 2008, I was given an opportunity to leave truck driving so I could help in running a residential care facility for the people that had just started the business. I gladly took on the opportunity.

Because of the timing of that business venture, within two years, we could not continue to run successfully because the property was financially upside down and we had not reached full capacity.

For many people, if they had been in my position at that time, they would probably be scared because they would have had to worry about finding another job. Not me. All I had to do, is find a good trucking company that I wanted to work for and start my new job.

That is exactly what I did. It did not take me even a week to get the job I wanted. As a matter of fact, I am the one that had to decide which company I wanted to work for. In other words, I had options.

There is a whole "industry" within trucking that is just dedicated to finding and recruiting good drivers. Ever since I started driving trucks, I have never had a problem finding a truck driving job.

2. It doesn't matter where you live

Another advantage of being a truck driver is that it really doesn't matter where you live. East, West, South, and North, trucking companies are looking for drivers in those areas to help them make deliveries to their customers.

So, if you choose to relocate to a different part of the country, you can do so without fear of not finding a truck driving job.

If you happen to be working for big trucking companies that have terminals across the country, you don't even have to change companies or lose any pay period since they can always just transfer you to the terminal that serves that particular area you are moving to.

3. Easier to get into

How many times have you heard of people that have gone to school for a long period of time, got into debt for student loans, only to come out and realize they can not find the job they studied for.

I know this really well because before I started driving trucks, I took a student loan out and took a course that didn't do me any good. It was a "hot" market when I started the course, but by the time I started working in that industry, it was hit badly by the economy even before I could get any experience in it.

When I decided to get into trucking, I did not have to pay anywhere close to what I got into debt for in the other career. And, I was assured of a job even before I started school.

If you have a good driving record, you are in good health and have no felonies, truck driving is one of the easiest careers you can get into without "breaking the bank".

4. Descent income earned

I used to think that if I could get a good office job, I would make a lot of money. I was deceived by the good looking buildings and the fancy air conditioned offices.

Although I know that it all depends on what you do in the office, I have been surprised to learn over the years that most people who sit in offices, dressed in suits may not be making as much money as some truck drivers make.

Depending on how good of a driver you are, what endorsements you have, the trucking company you work for, truck driving will give you an opportunity to earn anywhere between $45,000 and $85,000 as a company driver. Owner and lease operators may earn more than that.

5. Independence

One of the things I used to hate is working under direct supervision. I just don't seem to do well with someone watching what I do every minute.

I'm more of a results oriented guy. Tell me what you want to be done and give me my space to get it done my way. One of the reasons I chose to become a truck driver was to run away from a very controlled atmosphere to one that gives me more liberty.

I wanted to have the freedom to work with very little or no supervision. I wanted to manage my work and life so I could be more productive. I didn't want to just do things just because the boss is watching over me.

I have thrived in trucking because of that. - Delivering desired/expected results with my freedom.

All the managers I have worked under at the different trucking companies knew they could count on me. I have never been fired from any company, and every trucking company I have worked for has wanted me back.

If you are the kind of person that loves to work under minimal supervision and be in control of your work environment, then consider a truck driving career.

6. Variety

There are different types of trucking jobs to choose from depending on what kind of challenge you want in a job.

From a class B truck driver to oversize loads and in between, the choice is yours to make. You can drive expedited, dry van, flatbed, tankers, tow trucks, haul cars, etc.

7. Opportunity To Become A Business Owner

If you become a truck driver and realize that you love it and are not afraid of the risk of becoming a business owner, you will love the ease of starting your own business in trucking.

As I'm writing this, I'm trying to think of any other job where a company hires you as an employee but is also willing to help you become a business owner and I can't come up with one.

Becoming an owner operator (business owner) isn't for everyone. It requires one to understand the responsibilities and hustle that comes with it. But for the man or woman who wants it, it is easier to cross from employee to being your own boss in trucking than any other job.

Final Note.

Although this post was written for the purpose of putting some light on truck driving, I know truck driving isn't for everyone. Trucking has one of the highest turnover rates because it has its challenges.

If you look into driving a truck and realize it is not for you, it is not the only career within the trucking industry. There are other career choices you can choose from. Do some research and see if there is something else that may interest you within the trucking industry.

Until next time,

Stay Safe!