As of February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require all…
Training to become a truck driver is fairly straightforward. A couple of weeks in the classroom and behind the wheel and you’re ready to pass your commercial driver license tests. In most cases, students come to training with a preset notion of the type of truck they want to drive. Some students choose dump trucks while others may have a desire to haul long distance freight. Our suggestion – broaden your horizons, holding a commercial drivers license really does open the door to a very diverse truck driving career.
In theory, you can drive any truck that your license and its endorsements permit. You may prefer dump trucks, and we’ll never dissuade you from seeking a career as a dump truck driver. We will suggest you jump at any opportunities to drive trucks other than dump trucks. The more experience you have on a broad range of trucks, the more opportunities you will have in the future. Why? None of us have crystal balls.
Right now, there is work available across a range of industries for truck drivers. However, we don’t know what next year, or five years from now, has in store for us. Construction may take a huge dip and this will reduce the number of truck drivers required. If you have skills in a wide range of trucks, you can easily switch your focus to alternative trucks until the construction picks up. We do know that truck driving opportunities run in cycles with some years and/or some industries having large peaks and troughs.
With a diverse career in front of you, you may find that alternative work is more interesting and more challenging than your original truck driving choice. The bottom line? When undertaking training to gain a commercial drivers license, don’t be too restrictive in your choice of driving options. The wider your choice, and experience, the more successful your career will be, and you’ll rarely have quiet times.