Being a truck driver isn't for everyone, but for some people, it's the best job in the world. It all depends on your personality, whether or not you like driving, and if you enjoy working independently. If you become a truck driver, you can choose between driving OTR (over the road), which means long distances, or local routes.
Some companies will guarantee you can be home daily if you end up with a local route. That's a rare opportunity for truckers, but it will improve many aspects of your life.
Here are some of the benefits of home daily local trucking jobs.
You Know the Area
One advantage you have when you drive a truck locally is that you likely already know the area well. You know the fastest routes to many destinations, which roads are off limits for trucks, etc. You might even know a few local shortcuts.
If you didn't work locally, you would have to figure out client locations and the best routes to get there on the fly. You could use GPS, but it's a lot easier knowing your way around, so you don't miss any turns or take a road with bad driving conditions.
Build a Rapport with Local Clients
Driving a truck near home means you can build relationships with local business owners, store employees, etc. When you work in different places around the country, you rarely get the chance to become familiar with people. It's nice getting to know people you see daily; they might even help you one day if you need something.
You're Nearby If You Have an Emergency
If there were ever an emergency at home while you were working, you'd want to be as close as possible. If you were driving your truck hundreds of miles away, it would take a long time to get there to be with your family. Working close to home ensures you can get there quickly if your family needs you.
Sleep in Your Own Bed
Sleep is a real problem for many truck drivers, leading to dangerous road situations. If you work locally and get to be home daily, that means you won't be driving without getting enough sleep. Driving while sleep-deprived can easily lead to an accident.
Aside from getting enough sleep, you will also get to sleep in your own bed instead of in your cab. You will get much better rest sleeping at home, which will lower your stress from work.