Have you got the proper information for a career in trucking? The trucking industry has more variables than almost any other industry due to the immense size of the industry, the different levels of opportunities available, and the people involved allow for a variety of opinions and experiences. If that’s the case who do you listen to?
It has always been said that you have to be careful who you listen to in this industry as there are many people with opinions but not the correct information. Visit any truck stop and sit at the counter and you will hear opinion after opinion on any topic. But how much of that is the truth? How much of what you hear in the news about the industry is the truth? Much of it is opinion. Let me show you how this can cloud your judgement on the industry.
Recently I was at an event for the trucking industry on becoming an owner operator and if you ask many people in the industry they will tell you not to become an owner operator, yet we have many successful owner operators. At the event there was a driver who owned a truck and was looking become an independent operator. They had been talking with people about how to move forward in creating the company and was told they were not going to be able to form the company the way they had wanted to. When the issue was brought up in the room of the event it was revealed that the information they had been given prior was incorrect. They had taken information given to them from sources in the United States that is counter to Canadian information. The opinions for the business were also from an employee standpoint instead of from a business to business standpoint. This information was causing headaches where there shouldn’t be any problems and an incorrect focus on the operation startup.
Another situation is the recent incidents and fatalities in the trucking industry. We have all heard about the fiery crash that happened on the 400 highway that killed a number of people as a tanker truck exploded. The news reports have been reporting that the truck driver was distracted and caused the crash. This has caused further discussion in regards to the safety of the industry as a whole and the people behind the wheel. On social media the reports of the same incident are quite different. Reports from people on the scene have written that the reports for the media have it wrong. According to social media reports the driver was cut-off by motorists swerving due to the stopped traffic and didn’t leave the driver enough time to stop properly with a fully loaded tanker truck. The investigation is still going on so we will see if the truth comes out in the future.
I am not offering opinion on any of these situations. I am just mentioning these to show you that you should be careful who you listen to about the industry. There are many industry colleagues and friends that have had long successful careers and are very professional at what they do. If you are embarking on a new business or looking into a new career make sure you get the proper information from trusted sources. It may determine the success of your career.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com