Should you start a truck driving career?
Posted: September 3, 2019
There are more truck drivers out on the road today than ever before, but even with this growing profession, it still isn’t enough to beat the trucker shortage. The American Trucking Associations estimates that 160,000 necessary driver positions will be left vacant in the next decade if something doesn’t change. If a truck driving career is something you’ve been considering, now is an excellent time to get started.
In order to attract new drivers to the industry, many carriers are increasing their pay and home time as well as beefing up their benefits packages. Truck driving is a very rewarding career. The job can take you all over the country to places you’ve never had a chance to see before. Between mileage pay and bonus pay opportunities, you have the potential to bring in a significant amount of income for your family. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn pay raises as you gain more experience or branch off as an owner operator and own your own trucking business.
Trucking is a lot more flexible that it once was. You have more options when it comes to how often you get home, where you run and how long you’re out for. This line of work also has a lot of job security. Look around you - everything you see, touch and eat was delivered by truck somewhere along the supply chain. With the truck driver shortage and growing e-commerce market, there will always be trucking jobs available.
To become a truck driver, you’ll need to get your Class A CDL and find a solid truck driving school. Talk with other truck drivers to learn about the companies they work for. Choose one that might be a good fit for you and learn what minimum hiring requirements they have. For instance, to become a Whiteline company driver, you need to be at least 22 years old, have your CDL-A, nine months of tractor trailer experience in the past 36 months and pass DOT drug test and physical. If you don’t have any driving experience, some carriers offer a student driving program which hires drivers fresh out of school.
If you have any questions about becoming a driver for Whiteline Express or about getting started in your new career, reach out to one of our recruiters by calling 888-560-9644. We’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction and help you get the information you need.