If you are interested in becoming a truck driver there are a few things you should know about the lifestyle and career opportunities. There are a lot of great reasons to fill out an application and become a truck driver but there are some downsides to the lifestyle you should know about.
According to the US Department of Labor Statistics the average truck driver in this country makes $37,000 a year. All Truck Drivers are paid per mile by their companies, so the more miles you can safely drive the more money you can make. It is not uncommon to hear of truckers making upwards of $80,000 per year based on their mileage count. In addition to a healthy salary truck drivers typically have a lower cost of living because they are always out on the road. Additionally many companies offer health insurance and retirement plans.
If you are new to truck driving you will have to get a certain amount of hours of open road experience before you will qualify for Regional or Dedicated lanes. Typically Regional and Dedicated lanes have more frequent home time. You can also become a driver trainer and make money for training a new driver as well as having the truck on the road more because you have another set of hands and eyes. As long as you choose a company with a lot of freight there should never be a limit on the amount of miles you can drive.
When you go through the over the road phase of truck driving you spend 3 or 4 months away from home at a time. This works for some people and doesn’t work for others. On the positive side you are getting to see new and different parts of the country every day. Many drivers would not have otherwise had an opportunity to see so much of the country.
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