Regional truck driving jobs can be a great option for those who like the open highways yet don’t want to be away from home for long periods. These jobs range from being at home each night to requiring three to five days away from home, and giving you the weekends at home. Most regional truck driving jobs involve general freight, so whilst you may have a regular run, you will be taking different freight on each trip. The route you drive is designed to maximize your truck’s space, so you could find you’re dropping off and taking on freight along your route.
To a certain extent, these are the more challenging jobs. You need to be proficient with record keeping, always ensuring your paperwork shows exactly what freight you have on board at any given time. You will also need to be able to drive to a tight schedule and have the ability to quickly find alternative routes should there be traffic problems. These jobs may also involve a level of customer service – you will certainly require some customer interaction skills.
There are regional truck driving jobs that are fixed in that you’re driving the same route every day (or week), and you’re carrying the same cargo. Tanker drivers are a good example, particularly those that fill gas stations with fuel. These drivers generally cover the same route, always delivering fuel to the same gas stations. Of course, those particular jobs require further skills – you have to pump the fuel into the gas station’s holding tanks and to accurately measure how much gas has been pumped in.
If you are looking for a truck driving career that has a little bit of everything, then a regional truck driver’s job could be a good match. You’ll get both highway and town driving, you’ll be home on a regular basis, and you’ll be driving in an area that is close to your home base, not thousands of miles away on the other side of the country. A successful truck driving career starts by attending, learning the basics at a truck driving school and acquiring your commercial drivers license. With both of those under your belt, a traffic driving career awaits.