A Truck Driving Job is in My Blood – Growing Up With Trucks
We often hear the phrase “trucking is in my blood” during and after CDL training. Many students have grown up with parents or relatives in the industry and want to follow in their footsteps and begin a truck driving job themselves.
“Trucking is in My Blood”
To many people this phrase could mean different things. For one individual, they could simply feel like this is what they love to do – drive across the country, seeing the sunrise in the desert or sunset coming into New York City. It’s the feeling that comes with the freedom of not being tied down to a 8-5 job, not having your boss looking over your shoulder constantly.
To some others it could mean that they’ve had a long line of truck drivers in the family (grandfather, father, etc.) and that’s what they were “born” to do. I do not want it to seem like I am leaving out the female truckers in this, but the reality is that until this current generation the female trucker was an extreme rarity. However, with the next generation of truckers that come along this will not be the case as more women are entering the trucking industry today.
Family History of Trucking
First of all, this is not really a surprise when you stop to think about it. Why do many children follow in a successful parent’s career path? It is what they know; they have seen firsthand what good hard work in the industry can provide and they want that for their family as well. Simply put, they have seen what works.
This theory works in nearly every job market you see. If a child grows up in a military family where the parent was successful, then there is a good chance that child will follow in their parent’s footsteps and join the military as well. The same mentality applies to trucking. If Mom or Dad drove for years and the family was well taken care of – the child grows up seeing this success and seeing the trucking industry from the positive side. Thus a career in trucking makes total sense to them.
Pros and Cons of Growing Up With Trucks
There are several pros and cons of growing up around trucks. The first being familiarity with the equipment! This is a huge asset during trucking school. As a kid outside with mom or dad when they’re working or inspecting their truck, it will start to bring forth the child’s curiosity and they will unknowingly learn a bit about it. This can be an advantage when thinking in terms of pre-trip inspections and simply not being afraid of the truck.
Riding in the truck with a parent on short runs, or even a two-week period on the road in the summer, will help the individual become familiar with the truck driver’s daily routine. This will help keep their feet on the ground about this career.
The negative side of this is that every driver through the course of time will begin to develop their own bad habits that might be an issue while driving on the road (ex: floating gears); however, for an untrained driver coming to a training program to learn the proper way to drive, they could have difficulty grasping the concept that these bad habits are wrong since they have been riding with mom or dad for years and watched them do this with no issues. These bad habits could affect their ability to successfully pass the state issued CDL exam to obtain the license. While Mom or Dad could maneuver the vehicle down the road doing such incorrect things, during an exam these cost points which ultimately could lead to failure.
Finally, to go along with the comment listed above – individuals coming into a trucking school need to come in open-minded to new teachings. They need to remember Mom and Dad might have obtained their CDL years ago before some of today’s testing criteria were put into place. That does not make them a bad driver; however, with the current testing criteria, they might have difficulties passing a state offered CDL exam today. Do not come into a school with the pre-conceived notion that you know it all already.