A lot of people consider a career change at the beginning of the year, but if you are interested in becoming a truck driver, that may not be the best time of the year to get started. And most of the country, the beginning of the year has winter weather that may make your training a lot more difficult. Below are some of the reasons you may want to wait for better weather conditions before you start your training.
If you decide to go to truck driving school, the school’s location will determine the kind of weather conditions you will be training in. During the first few weeks of training, you will be learning how to perform pre-trip inspections, shift, and backup in a large gravel lot. Typically, one student will be standing on the sidelines watching while the other student practices in the driver seat. This could become quite miserable for the students if they are taking classes in Chicago during the winter time because they could be left standing outside all day while other students practice.
Even if you are the student practicing, many schools use old trucks for training purposes. These trucks often times have no heat. Some of them don’t have power steering either. If you do decide to take classes in the winter, make sure you ask the school what their accommodations are on extremely cold days and the condition of the trucks they use.
Another thing to consider if you decide to go to school in the winter is that the springtime is normally the slowest time of year for trucking. This means you may not have as many drives to go on than you would if you waited until the season was busier. This is an always a big deal, but some people hope to get mileage quickly so they can start making money.
If you are ready to start a career in trucking, be prepared to face some stressful and challenging times. Many people are scared of winter driving. There are a few advantages of starting in the wintertime, though, so you just have to weigh the pros and cons.