It can be hard to separate the myths and facts from each other when it comes to truck driving. Unfortunately because of these myths, potential drivers rethink applying for trucking jobs. Whether you are a new company driver or you’ve been with the company for years, Nagle wants to give you the truth about truck driving.
Fact – Semi-trucks are three times less likely to be in an accident than a regular vehicle. Only 2.4% of commercial drivers are involved in car accidents. Semi-trucks are also 4 times more likely to pass safety inspection than passenger vehicles.
Fact – Drug and alcohol use is strictly monitored in the trucking industry. The FMCSA requires that companies randomly test their drivers. Usually 10% of drivers take alcohol tests while 50% are tested for drug use. If a driver tests positive for either of these, they are not allowed to drive.
Fact – When drivers feel like they are working hard, but still not making money, it’s often because their costs are higher than their income. Revenue is only half of the equation. Costs should be managed carefully to ensure your success.
Fact –The marketplace sets rates, which means your company doesn’t have much influence on the rates they can charge shippers. Even raising the rates a few cents can mean your company will lose a lot of money to the competition. Companies need to make the sure the gross revenue stays healthy while keeping rates competitive.
Fact – As long as you have a CDL-A, you can choose whichever trucking you’d like to do whether it’s long haul trucking, flatbed trucking, reefer trucking, or HAZMAT trucking. It all depends on the company you choose. If you need additional truck driver training, the company you work for usually will provide it for you.
Fact – Although truck driving has been a male-dominated field for many years, more and more women are earning their CDLs and getting behind the wheel. Recent statistics show that there are nearly 200,000 women across the U.S. that have a career in truck driving.
Fact – Female truck drivers are 5 times less likely to violate safety regulations and 3 times less likely to get in an accident than male truck drivers. They are also 4 times more likely to pass the CDL exam on the first attempt than men.
If you’re looking at careers in truck driving, find a company that is right for you. There are local and dedicated company truck driving positions everywhere you are. Here at Nagle, we pride ourselves at being one of the best trucking companies in Ohio. Join our team and start driving for the best.