By Mike Dobson
If you have the desire to travel around the country and get
paid at the same time, consider being a truck driver. Truckers
enjoy some benefits that people in other jobs do not have. The
camaraderie among other truckers Ö meeting new people Ö being
able to witness the changing seasons as you travel around the
country Ö unpredictability (in other words, less boredom!) Ö
plenty of available trucking jobs Ö All are valid reasons why
people chuck their current occupations for the chance at the
Of course, as with all major life decisions, changing
professions to drive a truck takes some thought and research.
First of all, think about how your personal life will change.
There will instances when you might miss your sonís baseball
games or be late getting home for the holidays because of road
conditions due to the weather. Extended periods away from home
sometimes take a toll on a person, so you have to decide
whether driving trucks is right for you.
If your heart is still set on being a trucker, then your next
step is to find a reputable trucking company or school that
offers truck driving programs and instruction. There are
usually specialized schools specifically for truck driving,
sometimes, local community colleges have vocational programs
available too. The best thing to do is check with your local
Department of Transportation (DOT) office first to find out
requirements for truck drivers and what type of instruction is
the best training for earning your Commercial Driverís License
(CDL). Chances are that they have a recommended list of the
best schools in the area.
The optimal scenario for training and certification is one on
one, just you and the teacher. Sometimes, if you are in a big
rig with several other students and the teacher, that does not
give you as much hands-on instruction as you need. Another
thing to think about when choosing a trucking company or
is whether they offer job placement assistance. New truck
drivers need all the help they can get in identifying job
opportunities. There are plenty of trucking jobs out there,
as a new driver, you may not know all the ins and outs of the
different trucking companies.
>From changes in the weather to that wacky person driving a
convertible naked, truckers have run across many situations
like these. Their life on the road may not always be easy, but
it sure can be an interesting one. A truckerís life may not be
for everyone, but those that do it, love it.
About The Author: Mike Dobson is the author and creator of
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