The Myths About the Trucking Profession
The general public’s perceptions about the trucking industry can be outdated, and sometimes just plain wrong. When discussing trucking as a possible career choice, people will often tell you what’s accepted as “the truth” about the business.
Here’s the real story behind some of the most common misconceptions about being a trucker:
1) Truck driving pays poorlyIn every business, there are employers who specialize in “getting the most for the least” out of their employees. Thankfully, in trucking they’re a relative rarity. Companies are constantly recruiting drivers, and in order to attract good employees have to keep wages competitive. In Manitoba, the average company driver earns more than $900 dollars weekly, with some experienced drivers earning considerably more. Owner/Operators run their own businesses, and stand to earn high profits. Truck drivers, as a whole, earn wages well above the national average.
2)Trucking isn’t secureTruck driving is one of the few jobs in Canada that offers career-long security. A recent study has shown that the high number of retirements expected in the next decade will result in a severe shortage of drivers in the 2020s.
3)Truck driving is “man’s work”While traditionally attracting few women, the current need for more drivers means that companies are actively seeking female recruits. The number of women truckers on the road is increasing all the time, and so is the number of women employed by trucking companies in other capacities – dispatchers, sales reps, etc.
4)Truck driving isn’t safeCanadian truck drivers are among the safest in the world. We have high standards for the safety of our roads and trucks, and stringent licensing requirements.
Trucks are involved in fewer than 4% of all road accidents.First Class Training Centre is one of Manitoba’s premiere truck driving schools. If you want to find out if trucking is the career for you, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.