3 Benefits of Being a Regional Truck Driver
One way to classify a truck driver is by the distance they drive. For this, there are long-haul truck drivers who take deliveries over long distances, sometimes even coast-to-coast. On the other hand, there are regional truck drivers who complete deliveries in a smaller regional or local area. Both of these options come with their own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re interested in becoming a professional truck driver, it’s important to know the difference between the two and understand the benefits each type provides. Here are some of the benefits of being a regional truck driver.
Local and regional drivers get to enjoy a better work-life balance than long-haul truck drivers. The delivery routes are shorter, allowing drivers to spend less time on the road and more time with family, friends, and loved ones. This also means you can enjoy more “me-time” for yourself, having the ability to be home and engage in self-care or work on a hobby. Long-haul drivers need time to spend on themselves too, but it will be at the mercy of their driving schedule more than it is for a regional driver.
Easier to Plan
Regional truck drivers will be limited to a smaller range, which is a huge benefit when it comes to planning your route. You will likely take the same routes often over the years, and you’ll quickly learn the traffic patterns of the area you’re driving in. This means that, when it comes time to plan your driving route, you’ll have a lot of experience and information to draw on to determine the most optimal route to take. This can save you even more time and allow you to get your deliveries done in a very efficient manner.
While the majority of long-haul truck drivers will need to purchase their own trucks, many regional drivers simply drive a truck that is provided by the company. This is another major benefit because it saves a lot of time and money for the driver. Trucks need regular upkeep and all of the usual expenses that come with owning a vehicle. Long-haul truck drivers get paid more than regional drivers in most cases, but having to pay for their own truck can eat up a lot of that extra cash. Regional drivers can focus on getting their job done without having to worry about getting their trucks regularly serviced and repaired.
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