In today’s economy, there are a lot of job choices available. Some people are thinking of becoming truck drivers right now. Maybe you’re one of those people toying with the idea that, “Yeah, maybe I’d make a good trucker.” So, how do you know if being a truck driver is right for you?
I Like Big Trucks…And I Cannot Lie
First things first– do you like big trucks? If they don’t scare (or intimidate) you, that’s good. Could you see yourself driving a big, heavy vehicle? It’s not the same as a typical car or SUV. If the thought of driving a big rig excites you, keep reading…
Patience is a Virtue
Secondly, are you patient? Even though there’s a lot of driving involved in trucking, there’s also a lot of time spent just hanging out, waiting around for stuff to get done before/after you drive somewhere. You’d have to wait for loaders at docks– and sometimes it can take several hours before a truck is loaded/unloaded. Can you handle that kind of waiting time? Speaking of waiting, there’s the issue of traffic– can you be patient on the road when there’s a long line of vehicles ahead of you and traffic starts and stops for miles because there’s a big back-up? Hope so!
Silence is Golden
Thirdly, do you like being on your own, alone? Are you okay with being away from friends and family for long periods of time? For instance, are you the type of person who wants to be at every performance or ballgame your kid does? If so, trucking’s not a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you don’t have too many ties to other people and you like the idea of being alone for long stretches of time, trucking’s a potentially decent choice for you.
Loving the Open Road
Finally, do you love to drive? Trucking involves hours and hours and hours of driving time. You’ve really got to love driving to do a trucking job. If you’re the type of person who gets bored or restless on car road trips, then trucking’s not the ideal choice of a job for you.