As I continue to blog about the first year of trucking’s challenges, rewards, and its lifestyle, I would also like to discuss the various places that I’m able to travel to because of truck driving. Today, I’m going to talk to you about the great state of Texas. As some of you know from my previous blogs, I've visited all 50 states. What I’ve learned about Texas is that it’s big, it’s fun, and it has a lot of miles; and I think that's what makes it really special. There are a lot of truck driving jobs in Texas, and whenever I receive a load out of there I know I’m going to get some serious miles under my wheels. I found out very quickly that the old saying “Everything is bigger in Texas,” proved to be true.
Miles, Miles, and More Miles
The Lone Star State has many memorable sights for every set of eyes. I've been able to travel through and see what its major cities such as Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio has to offer because of opportunities that have come with truck driving jobs in Texas. Each city has a unique feel to it that I've truly enjoyed experiencing. Outside of its cities, Texas is also home to a vast amount of flat farmland, desert-like areas, and hillsides if you roll through the western part of the state. I personally always enjoy driving there. There’s always a lot of road to be driven in such a big place; and whether you’re traveling in-state, headed out of it, or just venturing through it, the miles will add up quickly. Texas truck driver jobs are an ideal way to get your career started, because it will give any new driver a lot of valuable experience on the road.
Lessons Learned in Texas
Perhaps one of the most important lessons I’ve learned because of truck driving jobs in Texas is the value of trip planning. I happened to be in Texas during all the flooding earlier this Spring and a few places I was close to were getting inundated with rain. The police were only letting large trucks and semis through in certain areas, and I was fortunate to get through when I did because the local authorities were keeping a very watchful eye on conditions. 2 hours after I passed through, they ended up closing it down to all traffic.
Now you might be thinking I just got lucky, but I stayed on top of the weather reports and planned accordingly. I knew the weather was going to get worse, and I was able to make a quick change in my trip plan to get up at 2 am to roll to avoid a late drop off. I could have waited, but I knew if I did that I might not make it out. Trip planning and the ability to make quick changes to a plan is imperative to success on the road.
Texas Truck Driver Jobs
Until I got my CDL, the only place I had ever been to in Texas was Dallas. Truck driving jobs in Texas opened up a world of opportunities for me though, especially in the Lone Star State. I didn't get my start alone though. I went through the Driver Solutions program. They helped me find a company that would sponsor me to get my CDL and had a job waiting for me after I completed training. They played a really important role in helping me get started the right way.
In over 25 years, Driver Solutions has helped 25,000 people get their trucking careers started. Anyone living in Texas should know that Driver Solutions has a school in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. There are a lot of great truck driving opportunities available right now in Texas, so be sure to get your new career started the right way and apply with Driver Solutions online.
About The Author
Wayne got his start in trucking by going through the Driver Solutions company paid CDL training program back in 2012. Since then, he has traveled over 300,000 safe miles and counting! After seeing his photos and reading about his adventures, we knew we had to share them on our blog. Join Wayne on his journey for a first hand look at life on the road!