Truck driving is one of the currently fastest growing occupations due to the large number of job openings each year, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. But don’t get all excited yet; you still need to be aware of a couple of things especially if you want to drive one of those large trucks.
One of the main conditions for you to drive a regular truck is to own a regular driver’s licence whereas driving a large truck calls for having a CDL or commercial driver’s licence. Check with the local DMV for the requirements in obtaining a CDL, which includes practical and written exams. You can also go online to sites like drivingrules.net/cdl to get an idea of the requirements before you apply for them.
Online listings for vacancies regarding truck driving jobs, in your locality or elsewhere, are readily available. Check them out to see which interests you.
Be prepared for stiff competition with regards to truck driver job vacancies particularly in well-known companies. First time to work as a truck driver? It is best to get a job with small companies first then move on to the bigger ones after you have accumulated enough experience. However, there are big companies that are quite willing to hire truck drivers with no experience particularly if they have a training program designed for this job.
Interested in driving a large truck? Be forewarned that it can be difficult especially if you are not used to being on the road all the time. Majority of large truck drivers spend less time at home and more time on the road. Most of the time they avoid traffic by driving at night, during weekends, and even the holidays.
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Driving is not the only task a truck driver does. They also act as time keeper, merchandise handler, and in some cases the cashier (receiving payments for the outstanding balance on the merchandise being delivered) and sales agent.
Drivers that work for companies that cover only a limited area, for example only one locality, work for 50 hours or more within a week. Large truck drivers are only allowed to drive for a maximum of 11 hours per day, this is on the premise that he or she has taken time off-the-road for a prescribed amount of time.
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