Truck driving can be a very lucrative and rewarding career choice – if you start off on the right foot. There are some truck driver recruiters who will lead you astray, and our advice is to be cautious about any promises made. Some of these recruiters are really looking to recruit students to company-sponsored driving schools – the jobs available are only for the select few. Those who are not employed are required to pay the full training costs, and these can be quite exorbitant.
Areas that new truck drivers need to be cautious of when considering over-the-road jobs include:
- Promises that suggest you’re getting paid to see the country. The truth is, once you have completed your company training, you’ll be assigned a route that you will follow week in and week out – you’ll only get to see that portion of the country.
- Promises you’ll be home every weekend. There are many companies that endeavor to achieve this for all drivers, however, if you have been on the roads during weekends, I’m sure you’ve seen the number of trucks still hard at work. Don’t expect every weekend at home.
- Don’t expect an eight or ten hour working day – there are times when you’ll work twelve to fourteen hours
- Despite promises, you’ll never become a millionaire driving a truck. The work can be lucrative, but not that lucrative.
Although that sounds like a list of negatives, if your approach is one of caution, then you won’t be caught out. Better yet, if you have completed your training through our Diesel Truck Driver Training School, then you’ll have access to our Career Services. They will help you sort fact from fiction and point you in the right direction when it comes to finding suitable employment. If, at the end of the day, you don’t like over-the-road driving, it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of local and intrastate truck driving jobs available. You will work much shorter hours and you will be home each night, not just on the weekends, and the pay is very good as well.