Trucking is an exciting and versatile career that can take you from one end of the country to the other while you work. If you’re debating whether trucking is right for you, learning more about careers in the trucking industry, your options, and what you can expect will help you make the decision that’s best for you.
As a trucker, your main job will be handling your truck in all types of conditions and on all sorts of roads. If you want to enjoy trucking, it’s important that you enjoy driving and aren’t a nervous driver, especially in poor conditions. You should also be able to sit for long stretches of time and comfortable with a job that requires it. Although trucking companies have different requirements for drivers regarding past driving tickets, it’s also best to have a clean driving record over the past five to 10 years.
Most truckers operate alone, meaning they are without companionship for most of the day. If you are a solo driver, you may not interact with anyone familiar for days or weeks, meeting only strangers in truck stops along the way. Team drivers have constant companionship, but must be comfortable living in close quarters with another person who may or may not be a friend. Additionally, it’s important to consider your social and family ties; if you have a young family, you may not want to be away from home for extended periods of time. However, many truckers and their families enjoy functional and positive long-distance relationships, thanks to cellphones and online chat or video conferencing programs.
Are you still wondering what trucking is really like? Stop by one of Phoenix Truck Driving Institute’s open houses to talk with CDL instructors and experienced truckers to learn more about the trucking industry. You can also find out more about life as a trucker by reading through the articles on our blog or calling us today at (877) 205-5372.