A career in trucking offers you many options, including the ability to drive solo or as part of a trucking team. If you aren’t sure whether you’d prefer to drive on your own or with a partner, considering a few factors can make this decision easier.
Every trucker is different. Some truckers prefer to spend time alone, while others don’t like driving throughout the day without another person for company. If you are the type of person who prefers time to yourself, solo driving is the best option for you. Alternatively, if you find that you become lonely during long trips and would welcome the company of another trucker to fill the hours, team driving could be the best solution. Additionally, many team truckers are married couples—if you and your spouse don’t enjoy spending long periods of time apart, trucking as a team is a great way to improve your relationship while enjoying a career you both love.
Distance and Pay
Team drivers are typically given more miles and longer hauls, simply because there are two people to share the responsibility of driving. Typically, one driver sleeps while the other remains behind the wheel, thus increasing the mileage you can cover. As part of a team, you may be gone from home longer and travel much farther; however, you will get paid for all the miles you travel, whether you are driving or your partner is at the wheel. If you are looking to increase your income and don’t mind spending longer periods of time away from home, team trucking is an excellent career move. Furthermore, trucking couples can double their income without worrying about spending time apart, which is also an appealing benefit of team trucking.
At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we’ll prepare you for your ideal job on the road—whether you prefer solo or team trucking. Visit our website to find out more about our CDL classes and refresher courses, or call (877) 205-5372 for additional information about enrollment, financial aid, and job placement.