There are a lot of people out there who have always wanted to drive a big rig on the open highway. But, many of these same people never give the job a chance because they do not want to travel long distances away from friends and family. Many even shy away because they have never been anywhere besides their home town or home state and are afraid of change. If this sounds familiar, there is hope. There are Commercial Driver’s License-required jobs that do not call for a truck driver to be a long hauler.
In fact, there are plenty of local truck driving jobs in nearly every community that have truckers home to kiss the kids off in the morning and meet them again for dinner later that same day! It is just a matter of finding the right positions in the right trucking companies that offer these local driver positions. Sometimes these local trucking jobs will be right in the community new drivers already live, but often, they will require a move to a larger city that needs local drivers to get products to local businesses.
Some positions that may offer local routes are moving companies that often relocate people within the same area. Fuel trucks are often driven by local drivers due to the large amount of fueling stations within a city that must be filled regularly. A third option is a heavy equipment hauler; these jobs are generally local to provide heavy equipment to job sites within a city or state.
Many future truckers fear being away from their loved ones for long periods of time on trips across the country, but as can be seen above, there are plenty of local opportunities for CDL licensed drivers. Listed above are just a few options, there are plenty more opportunities out there that a driver wishing to stay local can definitely do it, if he puts his mind to finding the right local position.