Whether you’re starting a career driving a truck or sitting in an office, sometimes the expectation doesn’t quite match the reality.
It’s not ideal, but that’s life.
However, the more prepared you are about the reality of what to expect from a job in the trucking industry, the less of a shock it will be.
If you’re starting out in trucking, here’s my tips on what to expect from your career.
1 You’re going to get stressed
There’s no getting away from this one – working as a truck driver can be stressful. Not all of the time, but some of the time.
Heavy traffic, meeting deadlines, getting lost, reversing into a space that clearly isn’t big enough for a truck… These are all things that come with the job – and all stressful things you have to deal with as best you can.
When you’re in trucking, you need to learn how to handle stress and do your best to take each challenge as it comes.
2 Know how to communicate
Communication is such a key part of any job, so it’s a good skill to have from the get-go. There’s a number of trucking people you’ll need to deal with while on the road, ranging from other truck drivers to dispatchers and shippers.
For example, the better you’re able to communicate with the dispatcher, the faster the delivery will be (and the more money the trucking company will make). In other words, get your dealings with the dispatcher right, and everyone’s happy.
3 You’re never going to be rolling in it working as a truck driver
This probably won’t come as a shock to you, but you’re not going to get rich working as a trucker. Unfortunately, the time you put in doesn’t always equate to a big pay cheque at the end of the month.
Although saying that, Glassdoor estimates £27,000 is the average salary for a truck driver in the UK, so we’re not talking peanuts. It’s also worth noting that experience can play a big role in your earning potential – as can points on your licence and your driving history.
4 Relationships can be hard when you working in the trucking industry
Not to put too much of a damper on things, but the trucking lifestyle makes relationships hard. That’s because you’re often away from home more than you are at home. That puts a big strain on your partner – especially if there are kids in the equation.
Regular video calls can help, but it’s important to keep your loved ones (not your job) your number one priority.
5 Don’t be afraid to change jobs
Change isn’t always the easiest option, but it can sometimes be the best. If you feel you’re being treated unfairly at work and your employer is unable to improve the situation for you, it could be time to look for another job.
It’s never a good idea to stagnate at one trucking company. Switching jobs can be stressful, but once you’ve made the change, you’ll be glad you did…
Have you got any other tips for anyone just starting out in the world of trucking?