I Knew I Wanted to be a Truck Driver When…

Many incoming Driver Solutions students don't just start truck driving jobs on a whim. A number of them have known for a long time that they were interested in trucking, and finally decide to take the plunge and do something they've always wanted to do.

We asked fans of our Driver Solutions Facebook page the following question. Here are their top 5 answers!


1. When I Was a Kid

For many, the dream to become a truck driver began during childhood. Perhaps they grew up around trucks or looked up to a father or grandfather who was a truck driver. Many come from a long line of drivers and simply want to follow in a relative or role model's footsteps.

Or maybe, the desire to drive a truck isn’t so emotionally rooted. Maybe, since you were a kid, you've just always thought big rigs were badass. That works too!

2. When I Started a Family

Before starting a truck driving job, many people were stuck in a dead-end or low-paying job. Trucking jobs allow them to provide a secure future for their family. They give them the opportunity to save up for their kid's college fund or buy a nice house for the family.

3. When I Realized an Office Job Wasn't For Me

Simply put, some people just aren’t cut out for your typical, run-of-the-mill 8-5 office job. It’s not for everyone! Many individuals want to work on their own time or set their own working schedule, and trucking allows them to do that. If they want to work overnight, they can! If they want to sleep until noon, they can! (Though that probably wouldn't be very profitable...) The decisions are (almost) completely up to them - they can be their own boss. The freedom that comes with truck driving jobs is often incentive enough to pursue it as a new career! Plus, you don't get paid to see the country when you're sitting at a desk all day long.

4. When I Saw How It Paid!

Plain and simple – truck driving pays well! Before starting in the industry, many drivers worked dead-end jobs with no opportunity for promotion or pay raises. Trucking, however, provides a great entry-level salary with ample room for advancement on down the road (pun intended). There are many different types of positions truck drivers can advance to in the industry, making driving jobs highly desirable.

With a truck driving salary, individuals can take care of their families since truck driving provides a significantly higher income than many other job positions. And for the hard-working individuals, truck driving can be an extremely lucrative career, since the income you earn is directly proportional to how hard you work.

5. When I Got Behind The Wheel For The First Time

Some people get behind the wheel of a big rig for the first time and know that it’s what they want to do with their lives. It just feels right for them, and that’s reason enough to go into a particular industry. If you have the passion for a specific kind of work, you’ll love your job. Like they say, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day of your life.” Truck driving is no exception to that statement!


When did you know you wanted to be a truck driver? Let us know in the comments!

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