Things to Consider Before Starting a Truck Driving Career

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TSImage78465668The decision to pursue a career as a professional truck driver is very important.  Many new drivers want to know if they have what it takes to become a professional driver. 

The following is a list of items to consider when contemplating a career in the trucking industry:

Basic Requirements to attend Truck Driving School:

  • A Relatively clean driving record.
  • A Stable employment history.
  • Relatively good health, with no issues with drugs or alcohol, or major physical impairments.
  • The desire to travel and be away from home.


  • You should have sufficient funds (or access to loans to cover school).
  • After graduation, you will enter into an over the road training where you drive with a trainer.  This training will last 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how quickly you learn.

Lifestyle Change

  • Make sure your family members understand this career and are fully supportive of your decision.
  • Make plans to stay in touch. You may want to increase your cell phone plan and/or bring a laptop or other portable computer (such as a tablet) on the road to stay in touch.

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