Technology is at an all time high, but most distributors in America today still reply on one mode of transportation to get their goods from one location to another – trucking. The United States Department of Labor says opportunities are good for individuals interested in becoming truck drivers because there are a large number of job openings, no matter what the economy is doing. If you are looking for a lucrative career in the trucking industry, you will want to research the truck driving schools available to you.
Most truck driving schools will teach you how to drive tractor-trailers (sometimes known as “semi trucks” or “18 wheelers”). You usually do not need to have any large truck driving experience prior to attending school. Truck driving schools should offer courses that will help you pass the test to get your commercial drivers license (CDL). The CDL is a federally mandated test that will allow you to drive commercial rigs throughout the country. You will also learn other skills needed to operate a big rig such as how to check fuel and oil, how to inspect brakes, windshield wipers and lights, how to operate safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher, and make sure the cargo is secured.
After attending one of the reputable truck driving schools, a driver in his or her first year generally makes between $32,000 and $38,000. By the second year, the salary may increase by as much as $3,000 to $5,000. You may be asked to drive a truck locally or nationally, it would just depend on the trucking firm that hires you. Many firms require that you drive OTR (over the road) for at least a year to get experience before you can qualify for regional and local positions. Most drivers are solo drivers, but some do drive with partners and some even make it a family affair by driving with their spouses.