How Hard is Truck Driving?
Professional truck driving has developed a reputation as being a high-paying, exciting career throughout Michigan. The career opportunities attract young drivers, unemployed workers looking for a career with more stability and retirees looking to transition into a second career. A lot of people thinking about attending CDL Training in Michigan wonder whether or not truck driving will be too hard for them as a career.
Physically, truck driving is one of the least taxing of all manual labor type of positions. Because you do spend a lot of time on the road sitting down, it is a good idea to be healthy and in good shape, but the career doesn’t require you be an Olympic powerlifter.
Driving the trucks doesn’t require a tremendous amount of effort, and with the latest technology in equipment design, it’s easy to hook and unhook trailers. Very few truckers even have to unload their own trailers, which means you could realistically pick up and drop off a load without having to break a sweat.
Mentally, truck driving requires awareness and stamina. Federal regulations limit the amount of over the road time you can spend on a truck so it’s not hard to get a good night’s rest each day. Couple that with maintaining a healthy diet while traveling and you’ll find that it’s not hard to drive for 10-11 hours a day if you wanted to.
There are also some intellectual strains associated with truck driving. You’re responsible for a thorough pre-trip safety inspection to ensure your vehicle and trailer and road ready. You also need to be knowledgeable of the federal and state regulations and traffic laws concerning semi-trucks.
You will also be responsible for delivery papers, toll and fuel receipts, accurately maintaining your log book, planning your routes and scheduling your fuel stops.
Lastly, there is also a certain level of emotional difficulty associated with over the road driving. Whether you’re driving routes regionally in and around Michigan or driving cross country, you will be spending extended periods of time away from home. While most carrier positions now provide a healthy amount of at home time, the time that you do spend away can lead to feeling a little homesick for the first few months of the job.
However, talking to most drivers who have at least 6 months on the road, they said it was easy to adjust and actually enjoy their time at home now more than before, leading to a better quality of life and stronger ties to their family and friends.
If you’re interested in becoming a truck driver but are unsure whether or not truck driving will be too hard for you, look for a school that will help you prepare for the responsibilities and lifestyle changes that come with the career. At West Michigan CDL, our career counselors and trainers will help your prepare for a long and successful career as a truck driver regardless of your age or background.