When it comes to being a truck driver, this occupation is more of a lifestyle than a job. Before even considering becoming a trucker, it will be important to understand the realities of the lifestyle and to discuss them with loved ones. Here’s what you need to know:
- You will be on the road upward of 300 days per year. This requirement will significantly limit the time you spend at home, and it will impact the relationships in your life. At the time you begin, you may only be able to return home once every three weeks.
- Once you start, it may be two years before you move into a regional driving position that allows you to return home weekly.
- You may be expected to work 70 hours over an eight-day period.
- Days can begin really early or can go very late. Many drivers like to drive with the light, while others prefer driving through the night to avoid heavy road traffic.
- Most drivers are paid by miles driven.
- Many truckers do not know what they will be paid until the end of the year.
- In the first year, most truck drivers estimate $35,000 in income, and $45,000 – $55,000 after that.
- Your salary can increase after a few years on the job if you become a trainer, or if you are willing to haul oversize freight or hazardous materials.
- Most drivers are expected to cover 125,000 miles per annum. That breaks down to around 2,500 miles per week or 500 miles per day. You must think about all those hours on the road before committing to a trucker’s life.
- There is an excellent opportunity to gain a unique view of the United States.
Posted on behalf of Bulldog Truck Sales