Becoming a Truck Driver
Becoming a truck driver has a lot of moving parts involved. You have to consider what affect the job will have on your lifestyle, pay, future, etc. Granted, most jobs typically have the same types of decisions involved, but truck driving in particular can have some drastic differences that most people aren't typically ready for. Below reviews some of the things you'll have to take into account when becoming a truck driver, and what we can do to help you get there!
Becoming a truck driver is a HUGE decision! Driving a truck is not something that just anyone can do, and most of that is due to the affect that driving a truck has on a person’s lifestyle. If you decide to choose driving a truck with a Class-A CDL for your career, then you are choosing a certain type of lifestyle. This is one of the most important things that any person needs to be aware of before deciding to become a truck driver.
Truck driving can be devastating to a family environment. The primary reason for this is the home-time. The following is a list of common home-time scenarios for different routes of truck drivers:
It’s quite easy to see how this can affect your family life. You will constantly be out on the road and away from your partner and/or children & friends. This can create a lot of stress on the relationships between you and the people closest to you. A truck driver needs to understand that it is not simply himself that is propelled into the driving lifestyle, but also everyone around him!
With that said, being out for so long can be extremely rewarding; maybe even more-so for younger drivers! Driving a truck enables you to travel to places in the country that you probably thought you’d never get to see. Ever want to see Niagara Falls? The Grand Canyon? Maybe you’d even like to travel on over to Vegas to try your luck on the poker tables!? If you’re driving a truck, especially at a young age, you are almost guaranteed to see each of those locations; and much more! In some instances, depending on which company you work with, you could even see Canada….
Driving a truck also allows for a person to be incredibly independent. If you’re driving solo, it’s a ‘Me, Myself, and I’ mentality while you’re in that truck. Although, it is probably better put as ‘Me, My Truck, and The Road’ because those are the only things that you’ll have to worry about! If you’re ever tired of the lone-ranger gig, there’s always the option to run with a team or even bring your pet or partner with you. That’s right; Spot can be right there alongside his master for the entire duration of the trip!
As you can see, the life of a truck driver is definitely an ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality. When you do decide to go ‘all-in’, though, it becomes an extremely rewarding career. It takes a special kind of person to be a truck driver, and Truckers America understands that! You can’t just put any person in the driver’s seat and set your expectations high. We take pride in knowing that we help YOU, the driver, get placed with the best job to suit YOUR needs and expectations. Give us a call, and let us know how we can help YOU improve your quality of life by getting YOU into the driver’s seat of one of the many trucks that keeps America’s engine going!
Student Driving Positions
So; are you ready to become a truck driver!? Wondering how to get started and get put into a class that’s worth attending? Are you unsure of which school to attend? Maybe you’re worried about job security after graduating? Look no further, because Truckers America is here to help YOU get into the seat of an 18-wheeler in no time! Trust us; once you finally obtain your Class-A CDL license you’ll be back in the drivers’ seat on the road to success. Call us today to discuss the different opportunities that we have to get you into school!
Believe it or not, truck driving can be a rather lucrative career! When most people think of truck drivers, at first, they think ‘How much can someone honestly get paid to ‘just’ drive a truck!?’. Well, you find out very quickly as you start out that you are not ‘just’ driving a truck every day. You are transporting goods that make our economy run; sometimes hazardous good that if handled improperly could lead to serious problems and even, in some instances, deaths! Every day, you’ll be driving around an (up to) 80,000 pound ‘missile’ on the road! If the person driving this ‘missile’ isn’t experienced, qualified, and most importantly SAFE, driving around for the regular everyday person would not be nearly as fun….
Because of all of the safety hazards and requirements required in truck driving, truck drivers can be paid quite a lot. There are a few different ways that drivers are paid:
You will see in the next section, that one of the schools that we work with quickly increases your pay as you remain with them over the course of the first year. You can see that they pay on a ‘CPM’ basis. Typically the CPM for a driver can range anywhere from $0.20-$0.50/mile, with many drivers averaging over $0.30/mile, and many experienced drivers expecting over $0.40/mile.
Do you already possess a Class-A CDL? Are you tired of hearing employers request ‘recent experience’ in order to get you in their trucks? At Truckers America, we have various options for drivers with older experience and even for brand new students that have just graduated and are looking for a job. Below is a short over-view of the type of experience that we can look to get hired at one of the great companies we hire for:
Please call us at: 1-877-789-5778. We will be sure to direct you to a recruiter that will be able to help YOU find your next driving opportunity!