There are many of you who used to drive years ago, and were out of the industry for a while. We hear the stories, when after a few years, you decide to go back, but you are not sure if you should. Many of you are afraid from all the changes, and are unsure if you should leave your current job to be out of a job. So you must be wondering: Should you go back to trucking?
If you’ve been out of it for more than a few years, there might be a few surprises. Things are different out here over the past 15 years. Rules and regulations have become a little bit more complex. The HOS will maybe be the hardest thing to get used to. Your past experience won’t matter at all. You’ll have to go through CDL School, orientation and training as if you were 21 and never sat in a truck before. Although you might find companies that will value your experience, they will still send you out with a trainer.
That will take some time to accept, depending on how long you’ve been out, prepare to get the same treatment as a new driver (by most, not all companies), but trucking is still trucking. At the end of the day, the decision is yours.
Despite the changes in the industry there are still opportunities in this business. It’s up to you to decide how much you love trucking to go back to it. If you are not happy with your current job and you miss your old one, do your due diligence and set your plan in motion. Life’s too short to be unhappy with any situation in which you have control.
There’s a ton of work, and there are a lot of companies hiring.
What do you think: Should you go back to trucking? And why should or shouldn’t you? Let us know in the comments section below.