Driving Solo

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Deciding on a career path isn’t always an easy choice, especially when you don’t want to sit in a cubicle from 9 to 5 every day. It’s especially important to choose a job and career that not only fits your lifestyle but also that you enjoy.

Many people choose trucking because it offers a higher level of pay with job security, the opportunity to travel and a customized schedule that fits with family life. Plus, the training to become a truck driver doesn’t require years of college. Not everyone is cut out to sit behind a desk or in an office building every day.

Choosing to become a trucker may be an easy decision, but it’s not the only one. Other decisions include what type of freight to haul, which company for which to work and whether or not you’re interested in solo or team driving. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, so take the time to decide which one is best for you.

Benefits of Driving Solo include:

  • Space and Solitude
    You have the truck to yourself and can decide what and how much you want to bring with you and where to store it. You can organize the somewhat-limited cab space however you want and enjoy a level of solitude not always available with team driving.

  • Conflict Avoidance
    Being a team driver means you spend hours with another person. No matter how much you have in common with your partner, there is an increased risk for disagreements or personality conflicts that driving solo doesn’t include. If you are driving by your own, you don’t have to depend on someone else’s schedule or opinion for non-essential choices.

  • Control and Choice
    When driving alone, you can decide when and where you want to stop for things like meals, showers and breaks. You have control over more of the choices you make and have more of an opportunity to make your own schedule, provided the load you’re carrying gets delivered in a timely and safely manner.

Although these benefits can make for a good case for solo driving, there are other things to keep in mind when deciding between that and team driving. For example, team driving can offer a higher pay because the load is moving more often and can get to its destination quicker. Traveling with another team member means you share responsibility of your truck and load and the safety and security of them. Also, when you’re not driving just yourself, you can pass the time with another person and the enjoy the friendship the truck industry often fosters.

Some people simply like the company of someone else and prefer it to the solitude of driving solo. If you’re one of these people, apply now to start your journey with VGT.

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