The life of a professional driver, like any profession, is typically a colorful one, especially those who go on long hauls. Perhaps not all look like actor Greg Evigan or lug around a monkey across states like in the television show BJ and the Bear, but it is not out of the realm of possibility that some of their crime-solving adventures may have happened to truckers at one point or another.
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® notes that in general, driving for work is a long solo performance with no audience. Many long-haul drivers spend a majority of their time alone in their vehicle through long stretches of road without meeting anyone they know. That’s not to say they don’t meet people. Truck stops are open all day and all night to accommodate the odd hours that drivers keep. As a consequence, truckers meet all kinds of people at these stops, and as strangers will do when they know they will probably never see each other again, talk about anything and everything under the sun. This certainly makes life rich and interesting.
And speaking of rich, long-haul drivers typically make quite good wages, ranging from $35,000 to $55,000 a year. More experienced drivers make more, and since truck drivers are usually paid by the mile, those who are willing to work as long and as much as regulations allow will certainly make more that those who work just 8 hours a day.
However, because professional drivers tend to put a lot of miles under their belt, their insurance rates are usually higher than the ordinary driver. Statistics show that the more frequent and farther a driver travels increases the risks of an accident occurring even if the driver is reasonably careful, so this increases their premiums. Since one has to have insurance coverage to drive, professional or not, it is fortunate that there are insurance companies that are more flexible when it comes to rates.
Driving for work is not for everybody, however, psychologically and physically. As pointed out in the WorkSTEPS, Inc. website, pe-employment screening will weed out individuals who are not fit to be professional drivers, which will help in preventing accidents and minimize workers’ compensation claims. This is a smart thing to do, benefitting employers as well as drivers in the long run. But for those who have a spirit of adventure, enjoy driving, and don’t mind the alone time, driving for work may be the ideal profession.