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Your First Year as a Truck Driver: What to Expect

Your first year as a truck driver will require a lot of adjusting, but can be very rewarding in the long run!

A truck driving career is like no other career you will have. It allows you the opportunity to make good money while traveling the world simultaneously. It is a very rewarding career choice, but just like any other career, it isn’t always easy. Here is what to expect during your first year as a truck driver.

The Trucking Lifestyle

It is important to understand the truck driving lifestyle when you begin your career. A typical trucker will spend several weeks on the road at a time with a few designated home days in between trips. In order to begin your career, you must obtain a commercial driver’s license and learn how to operate the trucks and trailers. It can be difficult to learn to drive these big trucks properly, but very rewarding once you learn. In short, when you are first starting out, you must learn how to operate a big truck and adapt to a lifestyle that requires you to be on the road for hours at a time.

Gaining Steam

During your first year as a truck driver, you may receive assignments that aren’t very desirable. Typically, companies give their long-standing drivers first pick when it comes to which assignments they want. You should expect to have to work your way up to taking more exciting trips. To build a good reputation, you want to keep up with your delivery schedule and provide services in a timely manner. The first year can be difficult, but very rewarding when you begin to travel through a variety of different cities and explore the world around you. When you are first starting out, make it a point to contact your family and friends when taking driving breaks so that you establish regular communication habits with them while you’re on the road.

Long Term Overview

When you begin your truck driving career, you can make full time, middle class income right from the beginning. With this type of career, the opportunity for growth and advancement is huge. There is also a huge market for truck drivers and now, due to the truck driver shortage, it is a little bit easier to obtain a position. A truck driving career can be physically and mentally exhausting, but once you get comfortable in your routine, it is a great career choice.

Baltimore Freightliner-Western for all Your Trucking Needs!

Whether you are looking to upgrade your fleet to tow trucks or simply interested in the latest trucking technology, you can rely on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. We have provided top-notch service for the trucking industry for 30 years and would love to assist you in buying a new top-of-the-line truck, finding the specialty parts you need, or repairing your truck. Give us a call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474 or contact us online. To find out more about what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.


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Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is an award-winning, authorized dealer for new and used medium-duty and heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Sprinter Vans. We also provide expert service repair for Detroit Diesel, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Mercedes-Benz engines.
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