Changing Profession to Trucking
(East Liverpool, OH. USA)
I'm currently a registered nurse and I'm seriously thinking of changing professions to professional truck driving. My wife and i have been discussing the idea for several months now and she has become OK with the idea of me driving over the road. We have no kids and I'm at a place in my life where i would like to travel and see the country and get paid for it at the same time.
Some of the things that keep from pursuing this endeavor are as follows:
1) I have no experience at driving a vehicle bigger than a Honda civic let alone a 53 ft vehicle that is stick shift and requires double clutching.
2) I'm a recovering alcoholic and i have been clean for 5 yrs now and was concerned if there were ways to maintain my sobriety through meetings while on the road (probably a dumb question, but thought i would ask it anyway!! :)
3) wondering if becoming a truck driver in the current state of the economy was a good idea.
4) i read and hear a lot of stories that truck drivers don't make any money when they follow the rules. ie: like the sleep to drive ratio and the speed limits like for example in oh where i live the truck drivers can only drive 55 mph
5) wondering if company paid training is a good way to go being i don't really have the money to pay for truck driving school at it's current cost.
6) do trucking companies allow the truck driver's wife to ride along with them?
7) how do you find out if the company you are considering is a good company to go with when everybody has such varied opinions good and bad for just about every company out there.
8) what would you say is a good thing to look for in good quality driver trainer.
Well, sorry if this seemed really long winded, but i would appreciate your time and response to these questions to help me in my decision of becoming a truck driver. I do love to drive, just ask my wife anytime i have off we drive a dedicated route to Buffalo for the scenery along lake Erie along route 5 or anywhere else we could travel!! LOL