Monday, 24 June 2013

How To Become A Truck Driver

How To Be A Truck Driver

Are you contemplating a career in truck driving? Do you enjoy long periods of solitude with only the road to keep you company? Are you willing to work long hours and possibly spend weeks away from home? If you said “yes” to these questions, there is a great opportunity to earn a good living as a truck driver. This article will cover a few basics to help you get started.

Keep Your Driving Record Clean

A clean driving record is an absolute must for any truck driver. If you have a lot of accidents or traffic tickets on your record, you may have to wait some time before trucking companies will be willing to hire you. If you have any serious offenses, such as drunk driving, reckless driving, or fleeing the scene of an accident, you may be disqualified from truck driving. If you are unsure about whether your current record disqualifies you, you might want to consult an attorney to see if you can get anything eliminated or expunged from your record.

Discuss it with Your Family

Trucking is not just a job—it requires fundamentally adjusting your lifestyle. Your family will have to make considerable concessions, particularly if you have small children. Before committing to this career path, have a conversation with your spouse and children about what this will mean to them. It may mean that they will not get to see you nearly as often as they’ve been accustomed to seeing you, and this will continue to be the case for a long time. In addition to time away from home, trucking often requires working and sleeping at odd hours. As a result, you might need to sleep during the day for a large amount of the time that you spend at home. Be sure that your family understands the reality picture up front.

Decide on Your Training Options

In order to drive a truck, you have to have a Commercial Driver License (CDL). There are different ways to go about getting a CDL. You can pay for your training at a private truck driving school and then look for a job afterward. The advantage to this approach is that it may afford better employment options, since you will already be trained and certified on your way in the door. On the other hand, some employers offer company-sponsored CDL training. The advantage to this approach is that you have no out-of-pocket cost. Some employers may even be able to hire you for other tasks while you are undergoing your training. However, this approach limits your employment prospects. Investigate the prospective employers and training facilities in your area to determine the best strategy.

Start Applying for Jobs Now

Even if you don’t have your CDL yet, it’s a good idea to start putting in applications while you investigate your training options. Even if you enter into a CDL training program that will take several months to complete, you can give an employer your scheduled completion date at an interview. If they are interested in hiring you, they may extend a contingent offer of employment that goes into effect when you complete your training program. If you do receive a contingent offer, continue to apply elsewhere. Remember that in today’s economy, there are no guarantees of employment and job offers can be taken off the table due to factors beyond your control.

Truck driving is a great career with a lot of opportunity. If you like the idea of working on the road and seeing different places, you might enjoy being a truck driver!

This article was written by Andrew Dean of National Transport, LLC, a leader in the US car shipping industry. You can view additional articles at their blog, or you can become a fan of their Facebook page to keep up with the latest transportation/travel news from around the country.

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