Would You Be a Good Truck Driver: Ask Yourself These Questions

With the new year come resolutions intended to help us improve our lives. For some people, the New Year's resolution means starting a brand-new career. It means embarking on a career path doing something that has always been a dream or, at the very least, something enjoyable rather than a job that feels like drudgery. If you have ever considered a truck driving career, this post is for you.

C.R. England is just one trucking transportation service in desperate need of new drivers. We hire company drivers, independent contractors, and driving teams. We even hire inexperienced drivers willing to be trained by us, through our training partner. We are looking for drivers we know we can depend on to provide the excellent service our customers have come to expect from C.R. England.

Would you make a good truck driver? Try asking yourself the following questions:

Do I really want to work in an office?

There is a lot to be said about those workers who file into offices every day to do their thing. The economy wouldn't work without them. But not everyone is cut out for an office environment. If you are the kind of person who likes to be out and about, truck driving might be the ideal career for you. Behind the wheel of a truck, you have a certain amount of freedom. There are no office cubicles, no daily meetings, no coworkers constantly interrupting your work, etc.

Do I like to travel?

One of the strengths of over-the-road trucking is being able to travel. For some people, that's the kicker. The truck driver gets to see just about every corner of this country thanks to runs that take him or her coast-to-coast. With that travel comes plenty of nature's eye candy. It's hard to beat a sunset off the California coast or the vast openness of the Great Plains.

Do I want to earn good money right from the start?

It's not uncommon for entry-level jobs in blue-collar industries to offer pretty low pay, comparatively speaking. This is not the case in trucking. Did you know that the average driver in the industry makes $40,260 a year according to recent government statistics? C.R. England’s average pay for a driver with one or more years’ experience is $52,000+ a year. That’s over $12,000 more than the reported industry average! And first year drivers make an average of $40,820 after training.

Am I a self-starter?

Truck drivers often say one of the things they love most about their jobs is that they don't have a supervisor constantly looking over their shoulders. Indeed, truck driving is a job that requires the ability to self-start. If you are a self-starter who can get the job done without someone always prodding, truck driving is a great option.

There are as many other reasons for becoming a truck driver as there are drivers themselves. Here at C.R. England, we are always looking to hire. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our opportunities.


1.      PayScale – http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Truck_Driver,_Heavy_%2F_Tractor-Trailer/Hourly_Rate

The numbers above are provided for informational purposes only. The industry average number is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, which is located on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-trac.... The C.R. England pay numbers are based on average employee driver pay between July 2015 and June 2016 and include drivers averaging at least 30 hours per week with at least 1 year experience with C.R. England. The numbers may also include an estimated adjustment for recent pay changes. Pay results will vary depending on many factors, including pay changes, tenure-based pay rates, a driver’s fleet, how hard the driver works, and how much the driver drives.  Both industry and company specific pay are subject to fluctuations in the future, and nothing stated above guarantees certain payment amounts for drivers.