Becoming a truck driver is not hard to do. Although, everyone won't qualify, For those who do, trucking can be a great career. However, becoming a trucker is not for everyone even though you may qualify.
(Got a questionable record? See if you qualify to become a trucker)
If you have made sure that you are a good candidate for trucking life, becoming a trucker can be a very rewarding career move or even a powerful stepping stone to other opportunities in the trucking industry from becoming an owner operator to hauling specialized freight to starting your own multi unit trucking company.
There are many
types of truck driving jobs
to choose from. If you can't find one to suit you as a new driver then you will have twice as many to choose from after getting one year of experience.
To become a trucker you must get your CDL license (also called class A's)from an accredited
truck driving school. Sometime between your decision to drive and the point of graduating from driving school, you should have been learning about the different types of truck driving jobs. So next you want to check out some companies that fit the type of trucking job that suits your preference.
(For instance if you are lazy or have some limiting medical problem or just don't want to touch freight, you don't want to do household or stick hauling. (Moving and furniture)
I know YOU are not lazy I am just saying! lol)
How To Become A Trucker in 4 steps
To drive over the road you must be 21. Do drive within most states is 18yrs old. If you have a clean driving record here are the steps.
Research the life of a trucker. You are doing that now. Consider the advantages and disadvantages and weigh it against your personal situation. If you have wife, kids make sure you read
Do your research about companies. You have limited options as a new driver. Still you have options. Find out how to compare what companies have to offer you and what to expect for real. Also you will learn that a company may be good for one driver and bad for another driver.
This is because of your location in relationship to the location of their terminal or lanes of operation. This is stuff you will learn here....
2012 we hope to plan some type of an event. BBQ or maybe even talent showcase of truckers or something.
Tell people what you have learned about trucking. (and where you learned it! :-)!
This is important even if you end up never becoming a trucker. It will educate non commercial drivers who has to share the road with us. It will help them understand how much there is to the trucking lifestyle. The general public and drivers benefit indirectly when the public has a better understanding of what the driver AND the spouse endures living a trucker's lifestyle.
People on average has a negative perception of our personalities and habits and they need to be educated. Spreading your knowledge when possible. (lol, I don't mean get a bullhorn and stand on the corner preaching about trucking, just correct others you hear spewing negativity about truckers.) All this negativity has an impact on trucking families and on how we are treated by people we deal with. Most of it stemming from a subconscious area of the mind but is reflected in people's attitude, thoughts, and actions when they interact with us from driving to serving food.
Plus, of course it will educate people who are thinking about jumping out here on the big road!
Good Luck I wish you much success and if you need anything . . .