Some people don’t qualify to be a truck driver, whether based on their driving history or another reason. However, just because a person qualifies as a truck driver doesn’t mean it’s the right profession for them. At Dootson Truck Driving School, we are committed to the success of each and every student. That’s why we offer a $48 introductory class that gives you the chance to come to an actual class before officially enrolling.
This profession isn’t for everyone. Here we will outline some of the reasons that this may not be the match for you. After you’ve read through this list, give us a call at 800-350-0002 if you’d still like to enroll in our program.
Truck drivers work long shifts
Though the rules are constantly changing, truck drivers should expect to spend up to 11 hours driving. This can be taxing for many people – especially because much of that driving may be at night. However, don’t think that this is all. That means 11 hours of driving but truck driving jobs involve more than just driving. An 11-hour driving shift could easily be a 14-hour total shift when you add in the time you’ll spend loading and unloading cargo.
Of course, not all truck driving jobs have long hours. Some are local jobs where you’ll leave home in the morning and be back at night. Just be aware that many truck driving jobs – especially long haul jobs – do require you to work long hours.
Physical strength and stamina are needed
Most truck drivers will spend at least part of most working days lifting boxes and cargo. Some jobs don’t require this, but they may require the driver to get in and out of their truck over and over throughout the day, or to stay in their truck for hours at a time. Either way, there’s a lot of stamina needed and it’s not for everyone.
Truck drivers may spend weeks away from home
Once again, it depends on what type of job you end up getting, but many truck driving positions do require drivers to be away from home for days or even months. This may not be a problem for single drivers, but for those with families, it can be a challenge.
You need more training than just how to drive a truck
At Dootson Truck Driving School, we can train you on how to drive a truck. However, there are other skills you’ll need. Depending on the job, you may need some mechanical skills, basic math abilities, and employers may require you to have a stable work history. If you’re not sure if this is the job for you, or if you’re ready to get started, call Dootson Truck Driving School today at 800-350-0002 for more information.