Important Things You Should Know About a Career in Trucking
Updated: Mar 16
Many people aren't aware of what goes into a career in trucking. It's unlikely that you would start any job without knowing what to expect, and being a truck driver should be no different. Before you get started, there are some important things you need to know to make your life and career easier on you.
First and foremost, stress comes with the job. As a truck drivers you will encounter stressful situations, sometimes more than you'd like. At the end of the day it's a part of truck driving that cannot be avoided, but it can definitely be controlled. There can be stress involved when you're stuck in traffic and are trying to make it to the dock on time. There can be stress when you get lost and cannot find your pick-up location. There can be stress from being away from your family. There can be stress in simply driving such a large vehicle every day. Long story short, you will encounter stress. But, a key to not letting the stress be a deal breaker or letting it get the best of you is knowing how to handle it.
Another thing to note is that relationships are known to suffer when you work an over-the-road job. You're usually on the road more than you're at home, which means you don't see your family as much as you're used to or you'd like. This may cause strain on your relationship with your spouse as they are left to deal with everything at home. You will also miss out on certain events if you have children. Learning how to adapt to this lifestyle is key to avoid it causing issues. Use video calling to speak with your family when you're away and don't put the next load in front of them.
Money talks as a truck driver. You have several different bills that need to be paid on time - insurance, truck payments etc. Without using a factoring service, you could be waiting over 60 days to get paid for a load you hauled. This puts pressure on you as your bills don't just stop when you're waiting to get paid. Working with a factoring company takes this difficulty away as you'll get paid the same day as you haul a load and will no longer worry about missing payments.
At Porter, we can eliminate you waiting to get paid by paying you within 24 hours. You'll never have to wait an unknown amount of time to get paid for a load you have hauled. We can also help you find loads, set you up with the best insurance quotes, and help you with compliance.