Driving a commercial truck for a living can be an enriching and satisfying career. You may be a bit hesitant to commit because you aren’t quite sure what to expect.
It’s wise to stop and take some of the essential considerations into account before you dive in and move forward. You’ll be more successful in your role if you like what you’re doing and look forward to your workdays. Not everyone will thrive in this type of job, so it’s worth reviewing this list of considerations before obtaining the necessary qualifications and training.
Physical & Mental Demands
There are going to be several physical and mental demands and expectations when working as a commercial truck driver. For example, you’ll likely have to sit for long stretches before taking a break, and you may be responsible for loading and unloading your truck. You’ll need to be able to practice patience as you travel from one stop to the next and will be spending a lot of time with your thoughts.
Willingness to Learn
Consider how willing you are to learn and take in new information before you become a commercial truck driver. There are classes you’ll need to take and licenses you must obtain to do your job. You’ll also need to understand how to use a digital tachograph before hitting the road. It can be overwhelming to keep up if you’re not someone who enjoys an intellectual challenge.
Lifestyle & Schedule
The lifestyle of a commercial truck driver is irregular and at times, unpredictable. Your boss will expect you to travel to distant and unfamiliar locations and be away from your family for an extended period. Think about if you’re okay sleeping wherever your job takes you and not being on a typical nine to five working schedule. You risk your relationship with your spouse and kids becoming more distant too.
If You Enjoy Driving
Before becoming a commercial truck driver, think long and hard if about if you genuinely enjoy driving and if you’re dedicated to always putting safety first. After all, this will be what your job mainly consists of and how you’ll be spending your time. If you’re good at it and don’t mind driving long distances, then you might truly enjoy your role and find it gratifying. If you like road trips and driving a car, then it’s more likely that you’ll find this job to be the right fit.
Ability to Manage Stress
Being a truck driver can be a very stressful and anxiety-provoking career. There’s a lot to learn as you get started, and what happens out on the road isn’t always in your control. Consider how well you deal with and manage your stress before you fully commit. Think about all the stressors that will emerge, such as being stuck in traffic, getting lost, or trying to pull into a tiny parking spot. Learn how to handle your stress in a mature manner so that when these instances do occur, you don’t let your emotions get the best of you.
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