Truck drivers keep America moving. They are some of the hardest working people on the road but they are often misunderstood.
Here are the top 5 biggest myths about being a truck driver.
1. All truck drivers are male
It is true that a majority of truck drivers are male. However, the rate of female truck drivers has been rapidly rising. In 2010 only 4.6% of drivers were female. By 2018, the number has risen to 6.6% and continues to climb. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, women have been increasingly attracted to truck driving because of it’s equal pay and high demand for drivers.
2. Truck drivers are never home
While long-haul truck drivers are often away from home, that is not the only type of truck driver. There are many drivers who do medium or short haul drives and see their families every night. At Centerline, we pride ourselves on providing jobs that ensure drivers make it home each night and have the flexibility they need.
3. Truck driving is easy
While many truck drivers make it look easy, it is incredibly difficult to drive large trucks. Drivers train extensively to get their license and certifications. On top of that, they have to deal with large vehicles, traffic, construction and deadlines while being safe on the road. Drivers are some of the most responsible and best drivers on the road who take safety very seriously.
4. Truck driving isn’t important to the everyday American
If trucks stopped for even a day, the impact would be felt by every single person. While sometimes it is difficult to know where your food, fuel or consumer goods came from, it most likely was on a truck at some point. Trucks help move food, fuel, medical supplies, and consumer products all around the country. Without truck drivers, we would be in very dire straits.
5. Anyone can be a truck driver
It is true that anyone could train to be a truck driver, it is just not a profession for everyone. Getting the proper CLD training takes dedication and commitment. Truck drivers have to be safe on the road and compliant with a variety of guidelines. In addition, being a driver requires constant discipline, hard work and professionalism. Not everyone can do all of that but here at Centerline, we appreciate every driver who does.
Curious what happens if trucks stop moving? Our infographic dives into what would happen if truck drivers disappeared.