When you first start your trucking career, you have many choices to make. What type of vehicle will you drive? What kinds of freight will you haul? Are you going to purchase a truck or sign on with a fleet? Do you want longer or shorter hauls? One thing you can consider for your trucking career is if you want to drive by yourself or if you’d like a teammate.
- Keep your truck on the road longer by switching off drivers. Generally, when there is a team of drivers working together, they decide on when to switch. When one teammate is driving, the other is in the back resting and getting ready for their next shift. This results in significantly less downtime
- Trucking can be lonely for some people. If you are prone to loneliness, then team driving might be for you. Lots of drivers choose to bring their spouses along so that they can get more quality time together. If you are married to someone who also has their CDL and you’d like to try working together, try team trucking!
- When you choose to drive solo, you get the whole truck for yourself. Truck cabs aren’t the most spacious places to work. If you’re a long haul trucker, that means your basically living and working in that same space. If you’re by yourself, it’s much easier to make the limited space work for you and arrange it to your personal preferences.
- Trucking alone also gives you total control over how you work. As long as your job allows for flexibility, a solo trucker can pretty much choose their own schedule. If you’re not a morning person, you can start driving at eleven or noon. Do you prefer nighttime? Ok, just start your shift at seven or eight in the evening and drive through the night.
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