Why Start A Trucking Career?  How Do Driver Agents Help?

Aaron has been working as a Driver Agent with Driver Solutions for over 7 years.  He works with new truck driver applicants each and every day to make sure they are prepared to start a truck driving career.  Over the course of 7 years, he has helped hundreds of drivers get great CDL training and secure a job with a reputable truck driving company.  Let’s get some insight from Aaron on working with applicants and the Driver Solutions process.

Q: How do Driver Agents help applicants get started?

A: Driver Agents help applicants establish realistic expectations of the trucking industry.  Many people that apply for our program don’t fully understand what will be expected of them in the first year behind the wheel and beyond.  We help provide them with all of the information they need to decide if a trucking career will be a good fit.

Q: What are some of the reasons that applicants you talk with decide to pursue a trucking driving career?

A: Many applicants are just trying to support a family and the ability to earn up to $50,000 in the first year is pretty attractive to them.  Others are looking to make a career change by getting into an industry that is more stable. 

I also get applicants that are just looking to find a job.  If that is the case, I definitely recommend that these people do their research before they get into truck driving.  A lot of people that are just looking for a job don’t understand the work involved in earning a CDL license.  It’s not a career for everyone and it’s important they be prepared to pursue a job that will have them out behind the wheel for weeks at a time. 

Q: What are some of the things people are doing before they decide to get into truck driving?

A: I work with a lot of applicants that have been in construction.  They aren’t able to find steady employment, so they look at truck driving to be a reliable source of income.  I also get a lot of applicants that have a military background.  Truck driving makes a good 2nd career for those that have been in the military because they are used to the training and procedures involved in the industry. 

There are still a fair amount of applicants that have worked in manufacturing and need to make a change.  Things are slowing down for them and the trucking industry is booming right now.  It’s also not uncommon for me to talk with someone who is working a job earning minimum wage.  Often times that’s barely enough money to pay the bills, let alone take care of a family. 

Check out this post for more from Aaron on things to look for when deciding on a trucking school!