Climbing up into the cab of a semi-truck and cruising around the country on the highways and byways sounds like a fairly simple and amazing job to many people. However there is a lot to this industry and this line of work that many people never even realize or stop to consider until they really start exploring truck driving as a career.
The truth of the matter is that few jobs require more expertise, caution, and stress-coping skills than being a trucker. Many people find rewarding careers as a truck driver or an owner-operator in the trucking industry, but it certainly is not a job for everyone.
One of the biggest things people need to realize about the profession is that it is not as safe and carefree as it may sound. Long-haul trucking is both the most critical profession to ensure the operation of multiple industries across this nation and also one of the most dangerous of the professions in America today.
Over 100,000 injuries and 300,000 accidents involved large trucks in 2012, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. And Time Magazine ranked truck driving number eight on its 2014 list of the “10 Most Dangerous Jobs.” But this is not to say that truck driving should be avoided as a career.
It is just important that you know what you are getting into when you begin to pursue this career. This is the biggest mistake new truckers make — being too nearsighted to see the challenges that might lie ahead. You are your own boss so you have to be aware of all the financial aspects of the profession including taxes, transportation factoring, and overall good record keeping.
So whether you are looking at a new career as a truck driver, continuing a current career path in trucking, or looking at becoming an owner operator with a trucking company, make sure you are prepared for not only the reward but also the challenging path ahead of you!