Information About Commercial Truck Operation

by Jim Arnold,

Trucking is essential to any economy. With the use of commercial vehicles from box trucks to dump trucks, Truckers transport both raw materials and finished goods from the source to where it is needed. They are also responsible for distributing products throughout the country.

Operators of these vehicles are called truckers. In order to be eligible for this career, one must be at least 21 years of age in order to be permitted to drive commercially from state to state. Also, the Department of Transportation mandates that drivers pass a physical test, as well as a drug and alcohol test.

Also, a truck driver must pass a written exam and driving test to receive a commercial license necessary to bring trucks across state borders. These tests prove that the driver can follow traffic signs, make entries in the Department of Transportation reports, and understand the rules pertaining to the safety and regulations of interstate commercial trucking.

There are a set of rules that regulate the amount of time a trucker may spend behind the wheel. aHours of Servicea requires drivers to have rest periods to prevent accidents due to exhaustion. A truck operator is permitted to drive for 11 hours, and then is required to rest for a period not less than ten hours. It is mandated that all commercial drivers keep records in a log book where the day is broken into 15 minute segment, and make entries for how they spent their time that day.

Compensation for truckers varies from specific job to job, and increases with experience. An entry level driver can usually expect to make $30,000 a year, quickly increasing to $50,000 to $60,000 a year with only a couple of years of experience. As in any industry, different companies offer varying wages based upon driving record, recommendations, type of truck, and difficulty of job. Some companies offer full benefits or bonuses.

Right now this industry is in great need of new drivers. Companies have branched out in their search, and have begun recruiting new groups of people: women, retired military personnel, and those in search of a second career. They are using new ideas and techniques to attract new drivers. One can find many job listings on the web.

One new incentive many companies are offering is company! Many drivers are now allowed to bring a spouse or pet with them on the job. Pairings often found now are middle aged husbands and wives. Driving together breaks the monotony of the long job, and neither has to be apart from home for long. This has benefited both the employers and employees.

Trucking is essential to the operation of our economy. We benefit from their deliveries daily when we buy our food, fuel, medicines, and other goods, and would be stranded if they were unable to remove our waste or garbage. Any cutbacks in truck travel and we will quickly feel repercussions.

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