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Making a Living as a Truck Driver

September 14, 2018 | By Daniel Dewitt

Truck driving is an old and storied American profession. While it’s not often talked about, truck drivers are integral to the flow of goods and materials around our nation and without them, our infrastructure would crumble and fail in a matter of days.

But what’s it like to be a truck driver? What does a day in the life of one look like? That’s what we’re here to look at today. Especially if you’re thinking about entering the business of truck driving yourself, there are real economic and lifestyle ramifications to consider.

The Money is What You Make of It

For the amount of stress and travel involved truck drivers aren’t paid that much hourly: no matter your experience the average rate for a truck driver flattens out at around $21 an hour. Most of a truck drivers true money is made in bonuses, but like any bonus driven business, that means monthly income may vary wildly from month to month.

More frustrating yet, achieving those bonuses is often outside of your control entirely: weather and truck repair are just two of a dizzying number of factors that can derail your route and mean you miss the deadline and your bonus.

You Don’t Need a PHD

One of the distinct upsides of being a truck driver is that you don’t need much in the way of a formal education. While prospective drivers do need to attend a specific truck driver’s school, it’s a lot cheaper and shorter than college, and once you’re set, you don’t need to get recertified constantly. Considering what an albatross around the neck student loan debt is for young Americans today (the average student loan borrower has around $37,000 in debt by the time they graduate), the ability to start work immediately and without spending an arm and a leg on training is no small thing.

You Have to Love the Road

Whether you’re a long-haul trucker who will be away from home for days or weeks at a time, or you drive the same route day after day for years, being a trucker requires a love for the road. Being independent is a necessity, as is being able to be alone for long stretches of time. For some people the solitary, roaming nature of a truck driver is perfect; for others, it will only chafe until they change careers.

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If you are a truck driver (or really any professional) and you find yourself hit by hard times, installment loans are an option to get your feet back under you. Installment loans are fast, simple, and designed to help working-class people face the challenges of today’s economic landscape. If you’re interested, just fill out our simple online request form to learn more, and be prepared for wherever the road takes you!