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Choose Truck Driving For a Career With Big Benefits

Aug 17, 2007
There's just something about hitting the open road that appeals to many. For some, the allure is so strong they make it their careers. And, with plenty of good reasons beyond the fun, too. Trucking is a fantastic career choice and even a great personal business for just about anyone to get involved in.

Truck drivers will cite a number of reasons as to what drove them to the career choice. These include:

* Pay. Good, reliable truck drivers are hard to find. Inasmuch, trucking companies tend to pay top dollar for their drivers' time and expertise. This is especially so for drivers who are willing to tackle the long hauls. The money that can be had is incredible and oftentimes more than many college graduates make.

* Benefits. Many big trucking companies offer major benefits to their drivers. Benefits can include medical, dental, life insurance, vision and even retirement. With benefits packages rivaling Fortune 500 companies, drivers get very good compensation for their efforts.

* Bonuses. Depending on the company worked for, the loads carried and the distance traveled, bonuses might fit in the equation as well. These can be attached to delivery time tables, safety records or simply for longevity with a company.

* Freedom. Many companies provide truckers their choice of flexible schedules designed to offer the most choice possible to retain the best drivers. Truckers can work local runs, long distance runs and even just cross region runs. The choices are many.

Getting into trucking isn't for everyone, however, and it's not a career that can be jumped into in a single day. The career requires specialized training and licensing. Big rigs are not little cars, they take some expertise and know how to run and operate. They're serious machines that deserve a healthy level of respect from their drivers to ensure safe and proper operation.

For those wishing to enter the field, there are plenty of schools available to help teach the rules of the road and how best to properly handle rigs. These schools are generally short-term ventures that come with job placement assistance. Once the courses are completed, the drivers will, however, have to pass state licensing tests, as well.

Schools for truck drivers include the basics of the rigs, how to take care of them and, of course, how to drive them. The classes include hands-on training, too, ensuring drivers released from the academies fully understand how to operate the machines that will be in their charge.

For those who decide to go into trucking, the field is a fantastic one that offers lots of choices. Licensed drivers can work for others, start their own businesses, or even perform occasional hauls with rental trucks to pick up extra money when it's desired. The choices offered by the field are many and the benefits and pay scales are nothing to sneeze at either.

Hitting the open road in a big rig isn't for everyone, but for those who enjoy the lifestyle and the freedom offered, nothing compares. Getting into the field requires some specialized training, but all in all, the investment in time and money is well worth the rewards. Starting down the road to a trucking career isn't difficult either.
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