Driving a truck might not seem like a favorable job, thanks to stereotypes of the past, but times are changing, and with it- so is the world of truck driving.
When you hear the word “trucker” you probably think about a scruffy dude in a button down flannel and cap, blaring the horn on his giant Peterbilt. However, a truck driver is one of many types of commercial vehicle operators. Bus drivers, shorthaul drivers, and dump truck drivers all need a CDL to operate these vehicles.
As a trucker, you have choices! Not to mention, there are several benefits that make this a lucrative career.
In this blog post, we share 5 benefits that truck drivers enjoy.
If you don’t already know, there is a truck driver shortage affecting supply chains across the nation. Companies are in desperate need of truck drivers to haul loads for them, so to attract drivers, they’re dangling tasty bonus incentives that are hard to overlook.
For example, on-top of a nice starting salary, a company might offer a sign-on bonus just to drive for them. Who can say no to that?
2. Plenty of work
Thanks to the driver shortage there’s plenty of loads to go around. Whether you drive for a company or are an owner operator, you won’t have to worry about sitting idle. You can work as much as you want, hauling loads you prefer, and watching the money roll in.
3. Time at home
One of the biggest misconceptions is that truck drivers are never home and miss out on holidays and family events. Remember that every company offers something different, so if time-off is a priority for you, this is something to focus on when scouting out the right company fit.
Some companies are very flexible with scheduling, allowing drivers to have input on time-off. If you want to drive weekdays and not weekends, you’ll have the freedom to coordinate it instead of being held to a strict standard.
4. You get to travel
Another often overlooked benefit of truck driving is the opportunity it gives you to travel. If the thought of being stuck in a cubicle seems terrifying, a truck can take you places you might’ve only seen on postcards.
Drivers travel all over the country on famous scenic highways that take them through stunning national parks. You have the freedom to park where you want to sleep overnight, kind of like living in a camper van- except you’re getting paid to do it.
5. You get to meet new friends
Finally, you can expect every day on the road to be a new adventure. Not only are you visiting exciting places, but you’re also meeting new people wherever you go. There’s nothing more special than travel friends, some that may even become a huge part of your life!