A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver Pt 2 of 5

A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver Pt 2 of 5

7/16/2014 Umut Türker 1964 Times Read

Unlike ship captains who do need to go to a maritime academy, truck drivers do not need a formal education. A formal education certainly does not hurt, and if you do have a college degree then your intelligence, knowledge and desire for improvement will certainly be noticed by the company that hires you and you will have more opportunities for advancement. However, there is no such thing as getting a PhD. or other Post-Graduate diploma, in Truck-Driving by writing a dissertation on The Impact of Inter-Continental Trucking on Italian-Americans in the 1950s or some equally abstruse topic. Thus, truck driving can appeal to those who do not care as much for academia.


Moreover, because it (driving) is something that everybody does do, truck driving is something that everybody can do. If you are young then you may find some employers reluctant to hire you because of insurance issues, and if you a much older person then you may find obstacles in this field as in every other field, but these are things that are not impossible to overcome.


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As with cargo ship captains (and probably every profession), there are minutiae that drivers have to know, be aware of and follow. There are truck driving schools, but transport companies may offer on-the-job training. Regardless, first and foremost, truck drivers have to get a Commercial Drivers License (commonly called CDL). To get this, you have to verify that you know about reading maps, inspecting vehicles, having advanced driving kills, and maintaining proper log books. Some truck drivers lease their vehicles, obtaining more independence, but then find that they work primarily to pay for the lease agreement. Working for a company, on the other hand, usually offers benefits that most other companies offer, such as 401(k) retirement plans, stock purchase plans, paid vacation and sick days, and even tuition reimbursement for new drivers, among other things.