The trucking industry is really one of the oldest industries in the U.S. It can trace its roots back to the stage coach days where drivers would pull freight and passengers half way across the country. While ever we rely on trade for food and the necessities in life, like the stage coach days, trucking will be there to assist that trade.
Back in the stage coach days, the one philosophy was that the coach had to get through, and it had to get through on time. Today, we don’t push our drivers, or our horse(power) as hard as they did back then, but that truck still has to get through – and on time too. If you look at industry today, practices such as ‘just in time delivery’ can see a whole factory grinding to a halt simply because a truck is a day late.
Today’s truck drivers have a huge responsibility. The enemy today is not a wild animal or stage coach robber. It is the weather and other traffic on the roads – especially when there is a huge traffic pile-up ahead. Truck drivers are responsible for getting their load to the destination point, their truck back to its depot, and themselves back home – all along ensuring the safety of everyone else on the road.
So why should you choose trucking as a long term career? The job is rewarding, it comes with its own challenges, and it can be interesting. There is great camaraderie that has developed between drivers, which has made them a tight-knit community that always looks after each other. New drivers are always welcome, and the old hands will soon have you as one of them.
Why choose trucking? There are not many careers with such a long history and in which the nation relies upon so heavily. Your first step starts by finding a good truck driving school – are you ready for that first step?