Most people have a basic understanding of how truck driving works. It’s likely they’ve even met a few truck drivers in their day. And yet, there are probably quite a few things they think they know about trucking that simply aren’t true.
The truck driving industry has been around for some time, and like anything that’s lasted through the years, it’s managed to pick up a few myths and misconceptions along the way.
Unfortunately, these falsehoods and exaggerations often create stereotypes about truck drivers themselves, discouraging others from pursuing what can be a very prosperous career.
Today, we’d like to focus on some of the most common myths and stereotypes that surround truck drivers.
Truck Drivers are Uneducated
It is true that truck driving offers great opportunities for those who never went to a college or trade school. The basic requirement is simply a Class A CDL. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of truck drivers who have earned degrees, certifications, and more.
In fact, the right degree or training could help secure better pay within the industry. It could also lead to future opportunities in management, logistics, etc.
Truck driving can also be a great career to have while pursuing further education. Many truck drivers participate in online classes while driving fulltime or attend physical classrooms while driving on the side.
Truck Drivers are All Men
There’s no denying that the majority of truck drivers are male. But the number of females in the industry is steadily rising. Currently, about 8% of drivers are female. As the presence of females has grown, the industry has become more accommodating to their needs.
Some say that women’s traditionally smaller stature and height make it harder for them to operate a truck, but this is unfounded. There are plenty of shorter men out there who are able to drive semis just fine.
If you’re a woman looking for a new, promising career, truck driving is definitely worth considering.
Truck Drivers Don’t Make a Lot of Money
Thanks to an increase in demand for truck drivers, you can make great money right from the start. Beginning salaries consistently begin well above minimum wage, and they can go much higher. In addition to your standard payment, many companies offer opportunities for bonuses and additional incentives.
Truck Drivers are Dirty
Go into just about any job, and you’ll find people who are messy and unkempt. Even in a corporate office. Ultimately, your appearance, as well as the cleanliness of your vehicle, is up to you. Some companies have stricter dress codes than others.
There are certain freight hauls that are going to be messier by nature, but that doesn’t have to stop you from keeping up appearances.
It’s also worth mentioning that modern truck stops are often very clean, well furnished, and highly accommodating.
Truck Drivers are Always on the Road and Away from Home
How far away you are from home, as well as how often you’re on the road depends on what industry you’re driving in and who you’re driving for. There are positions that go coast to coast regularly. Some truck drivers are perfectly fine with that.
Others drivers want to stay a little closer to home.
At Woodruff, we make sure our operators receive quality home time. That’s why the primary service radius for our drivers is 500 miles.
As a Woodruff operator, you can expect consistent miles, no-touch freight, paid vacation, incentive opportunities, and more. If you’re interested in truck driving jobs in Springfield, Ohio, Woodruff Enterprises has some great openings. Apply today!