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Truck driving is a hugely popular endeavor. Some people drive trucks, such as pickup trucks, just for fun or they use them for their work in their own small businesses, as many contractors such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians and roofers do if they’re not working out of a van. Then there are the professional truck drivers who work for major trucking companies. They either drive company trucks or they buy and own their own big rigs. But no matter what type of truck driver is behind the wheel of a pickup, a semi 18-wheeler, a flatbed tow truck, a dump truck or any other variation of a regularly used truck, there are many accurate facts as well as unfounded myths about these truck drivers.
Many uninitiated and uninformed individuals believe that nearly all trucks are driven by young people, persons in their teens, twenties and thirties. This is simply untrue. This myth might have started to become perpetuated by the belief that since trucks are so much larger than most cars and mini vans that only the most youthful drivers are aggressive enough and are willing to take high risks in attempting to control what seems like such a dominant vehicle to drive. But most trucks are effortless to drive once learned, so that’s why there are individuals in the seventies and even eighties who drive big trucks on a daily basis with total control and comfort.
Contrary to popular belief, those not familiar with truckers and the professional trucking industry tend to believe that truck driving is reserved only for males since it seems like such a masculine task and skill. This is also a myth. A multitude of women regularly drive all types of trucks every day, from huge pickups to 53-foot semi tractor trailers. Steering and maneuvering such trucks is no more difficult for women than for men. But one fact does remain true: more males definitely do drive trucks than females; but they simply don’t dominate the truck driving business to the sole exclusion of females as some believe.
Most people believe professional truckers to be comparatively uneducated and that’s why they’re doing such a job for a living. While this is true to some extent, a great number are not only high school graduates but college and university graduates with Bachelor’s degrees in business who have additional specialized training in driving small and large rigs. This knowledge they’ve gained is especially useful when running their own small businesses and using their trucks daily.
Beginners vs. Experienced Truckers
Not every trucker who sits behind the wheel of any sized truck has been driving for decades. Some are driving their trucks for less than a year, while others have been driving trucks since they received the drivers’ licenses at age 16 or 18.
There are long distance truckers who literally drive across the country or through many different states every day but not all truckers drive so much. Many just drive twenty or less miles to work each day, while some truck owners who are not using their trucks for employment purposes simply use their trucks for daily errands like grocery shopping, going to the post office and pharmacy, and picking their kids up from school.
Many people vastly underestimate the earning potential of professional long distance, over-the-road truckers. Tandem teams can easily have incomes surpassing $100,000 annually.
Since truck driving is relatively nonphysical and sedentary, a professional trucker’s career can literally last for decades. This gives them financial security for life if they stay at it.
Truck Driving Enjoyment
The main reason all types of truckers drive their trucks is that they truly derive pleasure in navigating a truck and sitting up high above the road. Their enjoyment factor is immense. It’s also a fact that some truckers will never ever buy, own and drive a car in their entire lives. They’ll always stick to trucks for the sheer joy of driving them.