Truck drivers come in either one of two types: a company driver and an owner operator. Each has its own benefits and downsides. Before you get behind a wheel and moving freights from one state to the other, you must first decide which track, or rather ‘truck’ you should take. Whatever truck driver positions you choose to pursue, make sure that it is one that gives you the most opportunities for future success in terms of your short and long-term goals.
Many companies across the country are looking to hire truck drivers with the best potential to get the job done right. Truck drivers are an important part of any business. Imagine a world without your skills, who would take care of private customer deliveries? Who would transport company merchandise to company branches across the states? Truck drivers literally make and keep a business ‘on the move’. Truck driver positions offer competitive earning potentials, insurance and benefits, which is just as well considering what people like you are doing for the businesses of this country.
You may be a rookie truck driver looking to get hired by a reputable company, or one who already owns and operates his own truck. Whatever type of truck driver position you currently hold, keep in mind that the most important part of any freight carrier is you. Always keep in mind the government regulated time of 11 to 14 hours of work per day and take your rest periods with as much gusto as your driving. Any one of the various truck driver positions requires hard work, and if you’re not careful you may very easily fall into various health problems along the way. Just as you make it a point to regularly check your truck to ensure that it is in perfect working order, so should you submit yourself to regular checkups to ensure that you are in sterling condition as well.
You can either be a local or interstate truck driver, a company driver or an owner operator truck driver. The type of truck you drive may vary from a dry van, a flatbed, a reefer or a tanker. The types of goods you transport may even be as varied as household furniture and hazardous chemical waste. There are many opportunities for variety when it comes to truck driving, and getting started may easily become quite a challenge. Before applying for a truck driving job, you have to consider first what you hope to achieve from this job at present and in the long run. If you are not comfortable being on the road for days on end, try a local truck driving job first. If you’re up for a more challenging job, get a trained to transport specialized items such as cars and chemical wastes.
Truck driver positions offer a wide range of experiences, for both professional and personal growth. Company truck drivers that show excellence on the job can eventually get promoted to non-driving administrative jobs. Those who wish to keep to the road have the option of purchasing and operating their own trucks as independent contractors. Truck driving may be a physically challenging job, but it does offer many opportunities for professional and financial success.