Driving truck as a profession

Introduction

Driving truck is a profession, but it is not for everyone. There is a lot you have to know before you just jump into a truck and start driving it. The transportation companies, particularly the trucking companies, have part-time and full-time positions. This will all depend on who you will be driving for and how far the trips will be. Truck driving requires a lot of self-motivation and dedication as this is a high demanding career. Almost everyone in this world depends on truck drivers.

Commercial driving license

A CDL takes about three months to achieve. They have a school for your CDL. Most school will put you in a truck and have you practice in their yard; their yard looks just like the driving test at the DMV, so they have you go over it till you get it right. They will show you all parts of the truck and tell you the reason for it or its purpose.

Some school even have a DMV instructor right there in the yard so you can get it all done in the school. You will be required to do a written test on CDL plus air brakes, double and triple trailers as well as tanker endorsements.

Once it is all done, you will undergo an exam to see if you are fit to drive a truck. This will have to be done every two years for your medical. Most companies like Status Transportation will get your medical done for you at their cost.

Types of trucking jobs

Over-the-road

2There are different types of driving jobs. Most long-haul drivers haul for over 21 states. They drive 3 weeks a month and get to go home for 4 to 5 days in a month. This type of driver will drive for 14 hours a day; that is all the law will allow them they have to get 8 hours in a sleeper berth which you will learn in what they call a log book. The law book is critical to drivers and the law.

Short-haul

This type of job will require you to work 10 to 14 hours a day with two days off a week. This kind of job will have you home every night. You will have to carry a log book as well, anytime you drive over 100 miles you will have to carry a log book

Log book

33This records how many hours you drive in a day and how many breaks. The book also has how many hours you were in the sleeper for rest for the next day. There are different laws in each state, but when it comes to the log book, the laws are the same. The log book is for your safety and others around you, so you get the proper rest before starting your next shift.