Truck driving is one of those career choices that can also become a lifestyle choice. Local truck drivers don’t feel the impact of their career choice on lifestyle. It’s just a regular job that normally has you at home in time for dinner, and at home on the weekends. Long distance truck drivers have a very different lifestyle, one that can be hard and, for some, a lifestyle that causes more trouble than happiness.
If you have decided to take on long distance truck driving, there are one or two things that are worth doing first. Speaking to experienced truck drivers can help you gain a better understanding of how long distance truck driving will impact your life. Truck driver training schools generally employ truck drivers, so speaking to an instructor is one option. You can also drop into a road house that is frequented by truck drivers – they are often happy to talk to anyone wanting to become a truck driver.
You may even find a truck driver who is willing to take you along for a test ride. This can be a worthwhile experience, you get to see first hand the work that a truck driver does. You’ll also be starting to build a network of industry acquaintances – a must if you’re going to be successful as a truck driver. That network may also be helpful when trying to find your first truck driving job.
The truck driving community is a tight knit community that works hard to look after community members. It’s not a hard community to break into, even for those only considering a career as a truck driver. Use the knowledge and experience they have gained to help you make that final decision. If you decide that long distance truck driving may not be quite right, there are plenty of short distance (intrastate and local) truck driving jobs available, so a career as a truck driver is still a worthwhile ambition.