Truck drivers serve as the indispensable linchpin of the supply chain. Due to rapid economic growth, the US trucking industry is currently short of 35,000 drivers. Consequently, the demand for truck drivers has risen, and aspiring vehicle operators are likely to find job whichever state they go to.
An Alltrucking.com article described some of the perks of truck driving:
Driving is the one way to view the countryside, big cities, and hundreds of American suburbs all at once. Stopping in a variety of cities throughout the country will help gain a glimpse into life in different regions around the U.S. Truck drivers receive one of the best crash-course educations on daily life around the U.S. through his or her freight routes.
On the other hand, most people tend to associate big truck driving with road accidents. This is a result of various factors, mainly lack of skill, poor maintenance, driver’s fatigue, and dangerous road conditions, all of which can be avoided by adhering to these safety reminders.
Qualification. As an aspiring driver, you have to secure a license first. All professional truck drivers in the US are required different types of licenses depending on certain gross vehicle weight ratings. You must also pass written knowledge exams and a three-part test that includes pre-trip trailer parts inspection, control test, and on-road driving exam. This step is necessary not only for legal reasons but also to realistically gauge your driving capabilities and limitations.
Details. On the road, you must be fully aware of safe driving practices. You have to carefully monitor the truck’s space cushion, forecast conditions related to weather, traffic, construction projects along the way, and curvy or slippery roads. You need to drive fast enough to deliver your goods on time while maintaining a safe pace.
Maintenance. You should treat your truck as a beloved pet. Caring for it means checking the condition of its tires, brake, fluids, lights, and mirrors daily. For maintenance, approach specialist firms like Champion Trailers for parts replacement and installment; such companies also offer quality electric trailer brakes, wiring, bolts, tires, seals, locks, bearings, and many other trailer parts and accessories at very affordable prices.
A career as a trailer driver offers plenty of rewards and benefits which you can reap in the long term, as long as you keep safety in mind all the way.
(Source: First Year as a Truck Driver, Alltrucking.com)