For some reason, there’s an air of mystery surrounding the truck driving industry. A personal favourite of mine is that truck drivers don’t sleep, that they work through the day and night until they reach their destination. This is, of course, untrue. Drivers do sleep. As we are, believe it or not, human beings too!
So, we’ve decided to address a few of our favourite myths and rumours and give you the facts.
Here are 6 truck driving myths and the facts behind them.
Truckers Never Shower – False.
One of our favourites is the myth that truck drivers never shower. Which, on a journey that may take you from Glasgow to Krakow, is a long time to be without water and soap.
This is, of course, not true.
There are huge numbers of service stations on the road with shower facilities, the likelihood is that you’ve just never noticed them. These showers are almost exclusively used by truck drivers. This is because they’re the most likely drivers that will need their services. Whereas most drivers may stop for a bite to eat or grab a coffee, truckers may use service stations as their overnight stop. Therefore, a shower is a necessity.
Secret Underground Tunnels – False.
There are secret underground tunnels that truck drivers use to get off the road and deliver quicker, right?
Sorry, but no. There isn’t.
As cool as this would be, truck drivers don’t have knowledge of a series of secret underground tunnels. They use the road, just like everyone else.
Quite where this rumour originates isn’t clear, but a quick internet search will show you that this is a thing people believe. That all these deliveries wouldn’t be possible without a secret route for professional drivers to use. The sad truth is that truckers use the roads. Yes, they work all hours of the day and night, but they don’t use secret tunnels. Sorry.
The Trucking Industry is Growing – True.
The common misconception is that, because of online orders becoming the norm, that demand for truckers is becoming less. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Online orders have made it easier than ever before to order goods from abroad. But these goods still have to be delivered. And until drones take over and outnumber vehicles, trucks are still the best way to do this. Even goods from the other side of the world still require the use of trucks to transport from an airport or depot to the retailer or post office.
Truckers Are All Male – False.
The number of female drivers on the road is on the rise.
Reports suggest that, since 2010, there has been a rise of around 68% in female truck drivers from previous years. This is largely likely due to equal pay being available for drivers regardless of gender – something that some industries still fail to offer. If you’re looking to become a professional truck driver, click here.
Sadly, female drivers still make up only around 7% of all truck drivers worldwide. However, with a long list of benefits available, this number is expected to rise.
Trucking is an Unhealthy Lifestyle – False.
The habits you fall into as a trucker can be the unhealthy part, not the trucking itself. Allow me to explain.
When you’re on the road, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. This includes eating junk food, smoking on your breaks, and not exercising on your breaks. And we understand. But, sadly, following these habits will result in a very unhealthy lifestyle.
So, it’s important to remember to exercise on your breaks. Perhaps take some small weights to keep in your cab and eat plenty of healthy foods. Fruits and nuts make for excellent snacks!
Anyone Can Be a Truck Driver – True.
Yes, anyone can become a truck driver.
Of course, to become a professional driver, you’ll need to obtain the appropriate licenses and complete certain training. However, truck driving knows no boundaries. No matter your background, age, previous qualifications or education.
The truck driving industry is as strong as ever and is growing over time. So, if you’re looking for a career in professional truck driving, get in contact. You could be on the road and driving all through the UK and Europe in no time.
Truck Drivers Can Take Their Time – False.
A common misconception is that deliveries made via trucks will ‘arrive when they arrive’. That they take their time and don’t follow a schedule.
This is false.
If this were true, deliveries and shipments would be chaos. Understandably, sometimes deliveries are late. But, much like almost anything in the world, this is most likely due to external circumstances. Weather and road conditions play a major factor in deliveries and can often dictate when a driver will be able to complete a delivery.
Drivers themselves mostly follow strict schedules. Pre-planning routes, stops, and everything in between. This is done to avoid delays as much as possible, whilst also following the guidelines and regulations that all drivers must follow.
There you have it, 6 truck driving myths and the facts behind them.
If you have a favourite myth or a question you’d like to ask us, be sure to leave it as a comment below this post. We’ll answer any myths or rumours you’ve heard about truckers and give you the truth.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the next blog.