For many, a commercial truck driver is an ideal job. That being said, it is important to realize that it is very different than most jobs, especially if you do long-distance trucking. Many commercial truck drivers are away from home for weeks at a time before they get to come home. Because of this, the job is not for everyone. However, there are some driving jobs that do allow you to come home every night.
Starting out isn’t always easy. Here are some more tips for your first year trucking.
Know that you aren’t going to have the best jobs in the beginning. Unfortunately, there are runs and loads that nobody wants to do, and the truth is that most of the time, these will fall on the new drivers. However, as you gain experience in the company, you will have more freedom to pick and choose the jobs that you want to do. You just have to wait it out (and do what you have to until then).
Keep in touch with family and friends. If you are gone for weeks at a time, you are going to have to find ways to keep in touch with your family and friends. Lucky for you, this is easier than ever with cell phones and other mobile devices. You can make a quick phone call at the end of every day, send a few text messages throughout the day, or even video chat to stay connected to those that you love.
Plan for the future. Many commercial truck drivers are content to drive for others. However, there are some that dream big. They want to be their own boss, pick their own routes, and choose the commercial truck and trailer that they want to drive. If this sounds like you, you may want to think about becoming an owner-operator at some point. It could be the best decision that you ever make.
Your first year of commercial trucking is going to be the hardest. You are going to have to haul loads that no one else wants. You are going to be driving into places that nobody else wants to go. However, you need to remember that, by showing the company that you will do what is needed, you are closer to choosing the loads that you want. You may even want to think about buying your own truck and trailer so you can be your own boss!
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