When you choose to become a long haul truck driver, you are not only choosing your career path, but the trucker lifestyle. As with any career, there are pros and cons to being a long haul trucker. As we look at both closely, think for yourself which is the best for you, your loved ones and your future.

 

The Pros

The pros of long haul trucking are being independent, paid to travel, experiencing something different every day, job security and lower costs. These are some of the reasons that many men and women choose to follow the trucker lifestyle.

Unlike most nine to five jobs, being a long haul trucker means that you can set your own schedule for the most part. While your destination and driving hours are predetermined, how you spend those eight to ten hours is up to you.

There are few jobs out there that pay you to travel and see the country. Traveling gives long haul truckers the opportunity to see professional sports games, visit large metros and meet people from all over.

Although it is important to maintain a daily schedule, the long haul trucker lifestyle brings something new everyday. Instead of falling into a monotonous routine, new challenges and adventures await you every day.

The trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers, which means that long haul truckers don’t have issues finding work. After a few years of experience with a good record, a trucker will have the freedom to work wherever they choose.    

On average, truckers can make anywhere from $35,000 – $40,000 per year. The income is offset by the relatively low expense of earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in a short amount of time.

After a few months, CDL drivers can actually earn a similar salary to a recent college graduate. Drivers can also save money by living in their cabs instead of renting an apartment that they might rarely visit anyway.

 

The Cons

There are cons to fully committing to the trucker lifestyle such as developing unhealthy habits, loneliness, regulations, danger and being away from home for long periods. These factors all add up to make long haul trucking one of the toughest jobs out there. It takes a special person to be a long haul trucker.

Being on the road for a long time may cause truckers to adopt unhealthy habits which can develop into long term health concerns. Examples of this include: unhealthy eating, sitting for long periods and a lack of sleep, which can lead to heart issues, diabetes and sleep apnea.

The trucker lifestyle can lead to mental health issues as well such as depression and loneliness. A way that drivers can combat this is to communicate with loved ones as much as possible through phone and video calls. If these feelings continue though, it is important to reach out to a professional and seek proper help.

While regulations like electronic logging devices (ELDs) were created to help drivers, they might be more of a hindrance than anything else. Dispatchers now have logs of when the engine is running, stalling and off. This was meant to prevent drivers from being overworked, but drivers may now start going faster to meet deadlines within shorter time frames.

Between traffic, deadlines, weather and construction zones, being a trucker can be very dangerous. Because of that, truckers need to stay alert at all times to prevent accidents and keep themselves as well as other drivers safe on the road.

Lastly, being away from home for a long time is hard on not only the trucker, but their loved ones as well. Long hauls are stressful for even the most loving and committed couples. Parents might lose the opportunity to watch their kids grow up and miss recitals, games and other important milestones.

Becoming a long haul trucker and committing to the trucker lifestyle is a major life decision that should not be taken lightly. There are many pros and cons that need to be considered.

Are you at the point in your career where the cons outweigh the pros? Are you ready to be closer to home and stop missing important events? Contact us and apply to be a TransWood driver today. We will help you stay home as often as possible. There is more to life than the call of the open road.

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