The Truck Driving Veteran vs The Truck Driving Rookieotrdriving
Experienced truck driver vs. student drivers with no experience
This may be an overly simplistic view, but in our opinion, there are only 2 different types of truck drivers. There is The Veteran Driver & then there is The Rookie Driver. Regardless of whether you are a new driver getting started out or you are the long seasoned veteran – the role you play within the industry as a whole is a valuable one. Consumers should never forget that if they bought it, a truck driver brought it.
Truck Driving Veterans:
Veteran drivers are an expert at their trade. They are true professionals with the skills to haul whatever type of equipment the industry tries to throw at them. They are capable of hauling dry vans, reefers, tankers, containers, flatbeds, lowboys, drop decks, step decks, and oversized loads. You name it, if it needs to be hauled you can count on veteran OTR driver to get it there safely and on time. They know how to operate their truck in all weather conditions. They know the rules and regulations to stay compliant and above all, veteran drivers RESPECT the road.
The vast majority of veteran drivers we talk to have told us that they love their job. What they love the most is the open road, and many tell us that they love the solitude of the truck. Veteran drivers have mastered the lifestyle that comes with being an OTR driver. Many of them have been company drivers all of their life, while other drivers have taken it upon themselves to start their own business by becoming an owner operator or going through a lease purchase program. Regardless of what type of driver they are, the fact remains that veteran drivers have invested years working in an industry that is undergoing changes.
For the past several years the transportation industry has been navigating through a progressively growing driver shortage and transportation analysts are predicting the driver shortage to worsen. This is partly due to the rate at which veteran drivers are retiring and exiting the workforce. As old-timers and veterans retire and make their way out of the industry a new generation of drivers needs to be trained up to take their place. The problem is that very few people grow up wanting to become a truck driver. The industry is not attracting new talent to replenish the dwindling workforce. This is why it is so important that all veteran drivers take it upon themselves to train, educate, mentor and help aid student drivers to help them grow in their trade.
The Rookie/ Student Truck Driver:
These OTR (Over-The-Road) drivers are the newbies to the industry. Many rookie drivers were enticed to the industry with the promise of great pay and great home time. Or maybe the freedom of working alone with nothing in front of them except the open road is what attracted them to begin this new journey. For whatever reason, these drivers have taken the first steps towards learning what it truly means to be a professional driver. With that being said, the trucking industry makes it easy for potential drivers to get started out. There are many CDL training programs and most student driving jobs are designed to get the new driver their CDL and provide them with an entry level job within the industry once their training is complete. Most students will start their journey by going out OTR (Over-The-Road) with a seasoned veteran for a predetermined amount of time. The veteran driver is tasked with mentoring and training the student. After the student driver graduates from their training program they are free to start driving on their own as a solo driver. Even though this training process sounds easy, it can be hard for new drivers to find a career within the transportation industry that provides the long lasting financial security that rookie drivers are looking for.
The unfortunate reality is that most student drivers fizzle out and stop driving before they get the chance to experience how good this industry can be to them. There are many high paying trucking companies out there, but many trucking companies will not hire entry level student drivers until they have 6 months to 2 years of recent OTR experience. This means that student drivers are left with few options when choosing who to first drive for. Usually only the largest carriers within the industry will take new entry level drivers. Because there are so few options it means pay is low for beginning drivers. Companies that hire student drivers know that these drivers have few options so they a pay students less money due to lack of competition. This means that the majority of the high paying trucking companies who offer the best OTR driving jobs are out of reach for a lot of the new student drivers.
The complaint from student drivers is this: How can I get enough OTR experience if trucking companies refuses to hire me because I lack experience. The compliant is logical. It is the chicken or the egg argument. The end results is that student drivers can fall in the trap of jumping from job to job. Because of the lack of good pay – new drivers are forced to jump from job to job at the beginning of their career with the hope of finding an employer that is financially rewarding for the sacrifices that they are making. It is not uncommon for a new CDL OTR Driver to have 4 or more jobs in their first year of employment within the transportation industry.
How Can OTRDRIVING.COM help?
Otrdriving.com has been created to serve all drivers with finding their next OTR (Over-The-Road) driving job. Truck driving pay is very competitive and the honest truth is that if you are not making an above average wage then the chances are that you are probably driving for the wrong carrier. We connect truck drivers with the best trucking companies in the marketplace today. We do this by collecting information from trucking carriers and compiling only their best driving jobs in a single place. Using our website drivers are able to quickly research potential trucking companies by seeing what they offer, reading trucking company reviews, and connecting with these future employers by filling out a quick contact form. Let us help you in your job search. We promise you will not regret it.