As any CDL driver knows, a trucking career is something you must truly have the desire to learn and participate in daily. Drivers who enter their career merely for the money will sometimes find that it is more difficult to enjoy their time on the job. For those who have found their niche in over the road trucking, the benefits seem to be endless with the job position. Listed below are just a few of the many perks that come with being an over the road driver.
One of the many reasons people find a trucking career so rewarding is because of the independence it offers. The freedom to practically create a schedule that fits to their lifestyle and enjoy time spent in solitude on the road are highly appealing to a large audience of people. The average worker that spends much of their day at a desk simply does not have the options that a driver has as far as freedom to schedule on the job.
- Load securement time is short.
In comparison to other driving options, the load securement time for OTR drivers is minimal. The load is properly secured once and will most likely not need further laborious work until the load arrives at its destination. This way, the driver spends less of their respective time securing, and more time driving and earning money.
- Travel is paid.
The unique opportunity that over the road drivers have is the beautiful landscapes and sites they can see while driving across the country. OTR drivers have a great adventurous spirit that makes the job highly suitable and enjoyable for them. Melton’s drivers see so many sites, that our Instagram profile has become a showcase for their photographs taken across the country!
- State-of-the-art trucks and amenities.
OTR drivers are often treated with some of the best equipment available. Top of the line truck equipment cuts the likelihood of experiencing maintenance issues down tremendously. For a driver, this is crucial. Melton’s average age of equipment ranges from only 1.5 to 2 years old! Furthermore, the technology made available on these new trucks makes the work for drivers much more efficient and productive. For example, Melton has partnered with DriveWyze to create a system of expediently passing through weight stations; thus, saving time on the road. OTR drivers are also provided comfortable sleeper births and plenty of room in their cab to feel right at home.
- Earn more money.
Over the road drivers often earn much more money than short haul drivers. The main reason for this benefit being that drivers simply get to drive more miles. Consequently, the more miles driven means more money for the driver!
- Ability to enjoy the open road.
Most people, regardless of driving a truck or four-wheel car, would agree that the open road is much more peaceful to travel on than in a busy, congested city street. Melton drivers, on average, spend about 80% of their time driving in rural areas rather than city streets. Thanks to the decreased stress that comes from being on open roads more often, drivers find over the road driving to be much more appealing.
- Interesting work.
Every over the road driver experiences and can see something new every day. The job is far from mundane and presents new sites, challenges, routes, and more with each load delivered. Over the road drivers strive for a lifestyle that is adventurous and fresh rather than going into each day knowing exactly what is going to take place.
- Meet new people.
Over the road truck drivers share a unique bond and sense of comradery. When it comes to finding something in common with colleagues or other drivers, it is certainly not too difficult of a task. Melton’s excellent reputation often serves as a catalyst for conversation with other drivers and is an essential piece to our field recruiting and Road Recruiting efforts.