I recently sat down with a truck driver who had over thirty years experience, and it was quite interesting. He certainly provided a different insight into truck driving. Today, I’ll publish some of the advice he offered.
My first question was simple enough – would he recommend a truck driving career to a young person? His response surprised me a little as he had a little both ways. His response – only if your heart is really in it. If your heart isn’t in it, then get some life experience first. Mind you, he added, if you have the chance to gain a trucker license, go for it – it will always come in handy later in life.
I then asked what advice he would give to someone who was about to start truck driver training. His answer this time was very pointed – learn to use your rear view mirrors properly, then spend as much time as possible learning how to reverse in tricky situations. Anyone can drive in a straight line – you can do it in your sleep, although he didn’t recommend anyone try it. He also suggested that students spend a lot of time learning how to manage tight right hand turns – they can be tricky.
Whilst we spent a lot of time covering other areas, my final question had him thinking hard. I asked him what he disliked the most about his job. Isolation? No – he loved being on his own. Not being home all that often? No – you learn to cope with it. The money? No – with his experience, he was well paid. So what didn’t he like about truck driving? He finally came out with one answer that did surprise me – regulations. What he didn’t like was the constant changing of regulations that truck drivers need to follow.
If you’re interested in a career as a truck driver – go and find a truck driver with a lot of experience. Talk to them for an hour or so – they’ll generally give you a warts-and-all view of truck driving – they’ll certainly open your eyes to the industry. Thanks Geordie for a different perspective on truck driving.