There are hundreds of different types of truck driving jobs available around the nation. There are long distance truck drivers. These drivers are lucky to be home on weekends and they drive long hours. There are regional truck drivers who are almost always at home on weekends and most nights as well. There are also local truck driving jobs where you are always home in time for dinner, and rarely if ever required to spend a night away from home.
That is still a very generalized list. Local truck drivers could drive dump trucks, refuse trucks, delivery trucks, tractor-trailers that haul heavy equipment, and perhaps even tankers or cattle trucks. Regional truck drivers drive a wide range of trucks as well whilst most long distance truck drivers drive tractor-trailers, sometimes with two trailers. So how do you determine which truck driving career is best for you?
Answering these questions may help:
- Do you want to be at home each night, each weekend, or does it not matter?
- Do you want to spend most of your time inside a truck, or are you prepared to be in and out of a truck all the time?
- Are you prepared to take on extra skills; for example, how to drive heavy equipment on and off a trailer; a fork lift truck to load and unload pallets; or a mobile crane (or crane fixed to your truck) to do heavy lifting?
- Do you want to work in freight or construction?
Grouping your answers can give you a guide as to your future truck driving direction. For example, if you want to be at home each night, don’t mind getting in and out of your truck regularly, don’t want to learn extra skills, and want to work in construction, then dump truck driving or delivering building materials could be your best options. Before taking on truck driver training, talk to your truck driver training school about possible career options. Discuss those questions with your trainers, and they will be able to help select the ideal career path. If you work where you feel most comfortable, you won’t become jaded and you’ll have a long and successful truck driving career.