Why Should I Become a Professional Truck Driver?
If you’ve ever asked yourself if you should become a professional truck driver, you’re in the right place. If you’ve never asked yourself this, you’re also in the right place providing you do one thing – ask yourself if you should become a professional truck driver.
Now that you’ve either previously (or recently) asked yourself this question, it’s time to dive deeper. More specifically, why should you consider changing your profession and training to become a professional truck driver?
Well, we’ve got 3 points here to help explain why you should, starting with:
The Open Road.
One of the biggest and best reasons why you should become a professional truck driver is the open road. And no, we don’t mean literally the road itself.
Becoming a professional trucker provides you with the opportunity to travel. Not just in the UK, but across Europe and potentially the world. Seeing places you likely wouldn’t see otherwise, whilst getting paid to do it.
This sense of opportunity and freedom is something few jobs can offer. From the hills of the British countryside to the beautifully constructed roads that make up the German Autobahn, trucking can take you to some truly unique places. Try finding an office or shop job that does the same.
Even better is the variety of what becoming a truck driver can give to you. Of course, your day to day duties will remain the same – checking your logbook, inspecting your vehicle, and, of course, driving. But the views and scenery that will surround you on your truck driving job are something truly special. Try all you want but changing your laptop wallpaper and the posters around your office won’t ever match them.
If this hasn’t convinced you, then perhaps the opportunity to explore on your days off will.
That’s right. Providing your employer allows it (and you have somewhere to park your truck or cab), you’ll have free reign to explore whatever country or location you’re in. So, instead of sitting in your pants all day eating crisps and playing games, you could be exploring a new place. Trying new food, meeting new people, and seeing famous locations. Of course, you don’t HAVE to do this, and you can spend your day in a local arcade or sleeping in your cab. But the fact is, you have the option.
The second reason why you should become a truck driver is the pay. Now, some people might argue that this should be the first reason, but we know that’s not true. After all, there’s only so far money can go. And, if you don’t enjoy your job, you’re going to find it extremely hard to become motivated and perform to the best of your abilities.
However, pay still plays an important role in taking the next step of your career. After all, trucking may present some amazing opportunities, but if you’re not getting paid to do it, it’s not practical. Thankfully, trucking can (and usually does) pay very well. If you’re a C & CE qualified truck driver, you can earn up to £24,500 per year, with more experienced and qualified truck drivers pushing that to around £35,000 in some cases – try earning that much stacking shelves.
Of course, you’re not going to be just gifted this amount. You’ll have to train and take tests in order to become qualified. However, the turnaround for this can be done in as little as 7 weeks, meaning your career in truck driving can start sooner than you may think.
No, we don’t mean security as in bodyguards and police escorts – even though that would be pretty cool.
Until we reach a point in which drones are used for everything, trucks will still be needed to deliver all different types of goods. Take a trip on any major motorway in the UK or Europe and you’ll see just how many truck and haulage vehicles are on the road at any one time. When you’re not looking out for them, they can mostly go unnoticed. But the next time you’re taking a trip on one of these roads, count how many you see. No matter the time of day or direction, we guarantee you’ll see some.
Companies across the globe still rely on trucking and haulage companies to deliver their goods. Either from warehouse to warehouse, warehouse to retailer, or otherwise, delivery via trucks remains the most common way of delivering large volumes of goods. Because of this, there’s always a demand for qualified truck drivers, either for specific companies that require their own delivery drivers, or unspecific haulage companies.
Because of this, there is always and will always be a demand for truck drivers – the more experienced, the better. But, because of the demand, it’s not as though only experienced truckers are required, as there are many companies out there that will take you on as a newly qualified trucker.
So, if you’re looking to change careers into something where there will be a high demand for someone of your skills and qualifications, you’ll want to consider completing your training and becoming a truck driver.
There you have it, 3 reasons why you should become a professional truck driver. Of course, these aren’t the only reasons you should consider, but we felt they were the best to highlight what a great career truck driving can be for you.
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Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the road.