Think truck driving school isn’t for you because trucking is a fossilized field? Think again! While it’s a job that you can do late into life as long as you can pass the Department of Transportation’s exam, it’s not just for old folks. Technology in the cabin is extraordinary.
Breaker, breaker one nine—CB radio is still alive and well. Now it’s joined by the GPS and cell phones being used to track, communicate, and coordinate runs. There are apps to help independent truckers find jobs and coordinate pick-ups and deliveries.
You’re no longer limited for entertainment on a long haul by what radio station will come in where you are. Satellite radio, smart phones with hours upon hours of music, podcast shows, and even movies and Netflix can help keep you focused on your drive. Just make sure you’re only listening while you’re driving!
There are podcast classes from major universities, on nearly any topic you can imagine, that can be downloaded for free so that you can learn while on the road. Ever wanted to master a second language? Now’s your chance!
Other parts of trucking that can appeal to younger folks are the freedom from an office job, the job security that everyone – young and old – wants and needs, and the lifestyle. The pay won’t make you rich, but it’s good money. Most companies offer health insurance and benefits.
In 21st century trucking, new innovations help you save fuel and time. New safety features are being added to rigs and trailers to make sure you come home, wherever you call home. If you like seeing new places and don’t mind (or even prefer) being alone on the road, trucking is a great way to get your hands dirty while still being connected to the world of tech.