In today’s fast paced, computer driven world, there seems to be an romanticism about getting away from it all, getting behind the wheel and heading off into parts unknown.
However, each day, tens or thousands of people do just that as they work at one of the most in demand job fields, truck driver.
As with any job, the life of a truck driver has its ups and downs, it’s good and not so good points. Is it a job for everyone…no. Is it a great job…definitely.
Driving a truck can mean many different things and many different types of job, including being a short (local) or long distance truck driver, working for a company or being your own independent agent for hire.
Jobs can be hauling products on a set route, say around the same city or county, or those jobs that offer a new route each day.
There are truly many advantages of being a truck driver, a job that attracts both young and old, male and female. A few of the advantages include working outdoors, seeing new places, time alone to think or simply enjoying the ride.
Additional job benefits include the ability to build up a savings, job security, work flexibility, a career and decent pay.
How important are truck drivers to our daily life? Nearly everything you buy, use, wear or would want, is often transported via tractor trailer, so the need for truck drivers is always there.
Although the job, especially those of a long distance trucker, is to move a product from one location to another, it does provide the driver with the opportunity to experience a different way or life and travel while seeing the country and the often seem aspects of life on the road.
Today’s tractor trailers also provide the best in comfort, safety, technology and many include a bunk area that can feature everything from flat screen TVs to sound systems and a comfy bed.
The need for truckers is so high, many trucking companies will pay for a driver to receive their special class licenses and or provide a heft sing on bonus.
So what’s the downside?
It can be tiring and redundant. Driving in all types weather conditions from snow and sleet to heavy downpours. Having the responsibility of delivery a large load of cargo and operating a mega sized vehicle on crowded roads with drivers often in a hurry.
Before venturing into this type of work, one must weigh all the factors and decide what is best for them.Being a truck driver also allows plenty of free time and days off, paired with the chance to see new sights.
Traveling along busy highways and express routes, truckers are often given a set meal and lodging credit and there are many places, bot great and not so great, to be found along the route.
Perhaps the best way to sum up the benefits of being a trucker driver is by the words of a seasoned trucker who said…”I get paid to eat out, see the country and listen to music.”