Figuring out what career we want to pursue is one of the biggest decisions we will make in our lives. Jobs come and go, but choosing a career brings the hope of doing something you love for years to come and wreaking the benefits of that decision. Deciding to become a full time on the road truck driver is deciding to embark on a new career journey. It’s important to keep in mind the technical needs to become a truck driver, but there are many other factors to consider if you think you’re ready to start this career.
By now you’ve probably researched the technicalities needed to become a legitimate truck driver, but it doesn’t hurt to review them from time to time. The main requirement for starting a truck driving career is obtaining your commercial drivers license. Aside from a high school diploma or a GED equivalent, your CDL is your golden ticket. Without it, you are not able to legally drive commercial vehicles. Visit the DMV website on specifics about the CDL licensing process. Finding a good, credible trucking school will also open doors to any necessary training you need and can prepare you for your licensing tests.
After researching the technicalities of becoming a truck driver its important to think about the emotional and physical requirements that may be needed to become a truck driver. With this career come some potential disadvantages, but just about every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage. The most grueling part of truck driving is the amount of time spent on the road. If you decide to become an on the road truck driver, you have the potential to travel the world because on the road truck driving has few limits when it comes to traveling distance. If being away from home for long periods of time is not your cup of tea, you can still look into more local jobs that don’t take you away for long periods of time. If you’re the type of person who can’t stay in only one place for a long time, then driving to far off locations will be perfect for you. Being away for so long can take an emotional toll on just about everyone so make sure to test the waters by doing a couple long distance runs before deciding to dive into it completely.
Technical and emotional factors aside, sitting and driving for so long can have negative effects on your physical health which is important to think about. Staying active when not on the road can make time spent on the road a whole lot easier on your back and joints. Make sure to learn simple back and posture exercises you can do at truck stops and between runs to keep your back safe and healthy.
There are many factors other than the technicalities that play a part of a trucking career. It’s important to remember that there are also emotional and physical circumstances that can influence the job