Have you heard any myths or misconceptions about truck drivers or the general truck driving industry? Maybe you’ve heard that truck drivers cause the majority of car accidents? Or that they don’t have time for their families?
There are numerous misconceptions about the industry — mostly negative — that we hope to dispel in this blog. It’s time to set the record straight and focus on the crucial role truck drivers play in the economy and our everyday lives.
Myth #1: Truck Drivers Cause the Majority of Car Accidents
Contrary to this popular belief, most car accidents involving tractor-trailers are caused by the passenger vehicle — not the truck driver.
Truck drivers must undergo extensive safety and driving training to receive a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and also participate in ongoing training through their employer. This helps prepare them for driving conditions and situations they may encounter while on the road, decreasing the likelihood of accidents.
Myth #2: Trucker Salaries Are Low
While trucker salaries can vary greatly, truck drivers in the U.S. earn over $57,000 annually on average. Depending on experience, routes and duties, some truck drivers can make over $100,000 a year.
If you’re just starting a career in trucking, consider applying for a paid driver training program where you earn paychecks while you’re training and are guaranteed a full-time position once complete.
Classic Carriers offers this type of program, which includes a four-week truck driving course with paid tuition and weekly incentives. Participants in the driver training program also receive eight weeks of paid training with an experienced driver trainer. Upon passing the 12-week program, new drivers come on board as a company driver for Classic.
Myth #3: Truck Drivers Don’t Have Time With Their Loved Ones
Truck driver schedules can range from local routes where they are home consistently to over-the-road (OTR) trucking where travel can occur a few weeks at a time. Luckily, truck drivers can remain connected and spend time with loved ones with more scheduling options and improved technology.
Although it may be more challenging than other types of jobs, there are numerous ways truckers can be with their families. Examples include using technology to communicate regularly through video calls and social media, playing online games together or even sending postcards from unique stops along the routes. Some companies also have a family rider policy where family members — often including pets — can ride along with the drivers on their routes.
Truckers should consider finding a company that values flexibility and work-life balance and provides paid time off. Weigh the entire benefits package instead of solely focusing on the pay.
Myth #4: Truckers Have Poor Hygiene
Some might picture truck drivers as having poor hygiene due to their on-the-road lifestyle, however, truck stops have come a long way over the years. There are numerous options with a wide range of amenities for truckers. The majority of truck stops have clean showers and private changing rooms for truckers to freshen up and prepare for a new day, much like they would in a hotel or their own home.
Myth #5: Truck Drivers Have Easy Jobs
Driving a semi truck is not an easy task, and it involves more than sitting and driving all day. Truck drivers must always stay alert to changing weather conditions, traffic and construction. Driving a tractor-trailer is much different than driving a traditional vehicle. Truck drivers need to anticipate curves and steep grades to prevent loads from shifting.
Truck drivers also need to have a solid understanding of the mechanics of their trucks should unexpected repairs occur during travel. And truckers will commonly need to load and unload heavy goods and materials while ensuring efficient, accurate deliveries.
Considering a Career in Truck Driving?
Are you thinking about starting a new career in truck driving? Or maybe you’re already a driver but want to find a company that values work-life balance and offers numerous benefits and driving opportunities? Learn more about our available driving positions.