Despite the money, the trucking "way of life" is not for everyone. Much time is spent away from home in an office that always travels with you but modern conveniences such as satellite communications and cell phones help keep drivers in touch with friends and family. Some drivers, particularly couples and retirees are also entering the trucking profession as "teams," opting to keep each other company on the road while avoiding the dangers of downsizing and job uncertainty in today's corporate world.
Despite the benefits of job security, independence and potential financial rewards, experienced drivers say it is the freedom of the open road that lures them to the trucking industry and the trucker's "way of life." "I've always wanted to see this country and truck driving makes both that and earning a good living possible," says Tom Cross, a 10-year trucking veteran and independent contractor with Prime Inc.
Once they start their driving career, drivers admit that the support of a trusted company becomes the key to a long-term career in trucking. "Any trucking company can offer me a job; I found a company that gives me success," explains Cross. "I've been in other industries and driven for several trucking companies. I came back to Prime because no other company has helped me make such a great living while being able to see so much of this beautiful country."
For more information on opportunities in trucking, visit www.primeinc.com or call 1-800-224-4585. Professional drivers are encouraged to stop by Prime's terminal at the intersection of Interstate 44 and Highway 65 in Springfield, Missouri.
The trucking industry is facing a driver shortage.