3 Myths About Over the Road Truck Driving Jobs

May 28 2018

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Many people aren’t aware of the benefits of being an over the road truck driver. Over the road (OTR) driving jobs offer the freedom of the open road, the opportunity to see amazing landscapes and so much more! Unfortunately, people tend to overlook the perks of an over the road trucking job and focus on the stereotypical “disadvantages”, which in themselves are myths.

3 Myths About OTR Truck Driving Jobs:

Myth 1: It’s lonely.

Some think being an OTR driver means mile after mile of solitude, but at J.B. Hunt, over the road drivers can have passengers at no additional cost! OTR driver Bo has been driving for 26 years and has two million safe miles under his belt. When he began his career, he had two young daughters that would ride along with him. Since his daughters were homeschooled, Bo used their time on the road as a teaching opportunity.

“I wanted them to come out and see the countryside. They learned how to log and how to route. I ended up teaching them everything I could about the whole United States,” said Bo.

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J.B. Hunt Over the Road Truck Driver Bo


Myth 2: Truck driving isn’t a career.

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Over the road truck driver Bruce

When thinking of truck driving, many don’t see it as a stable, long-term career. However, company drivers at J.B. Hunt enjoy strong pay, career path options and full benefits for an individual or family, including a company-matched 401K! Bruce, an over the road driver who started with J.B. Hunt in 1994, is a perfect example of someone who has had great success in truck driving and is proud of his accomplishments.

Bruce has two million safe driving miles with J.B. Hunt. When asked what Bruce was most proud of, he responded, “The fact that I’m about halfway through to my three million miles, maybe. I will stay at J.B. Hunt for at least three million miles.” Bruce has another incentive for striving for such an accomplishment, other than personal pride – a $20,000 bonus from J.B. Hunt! In fact, we recently held our 2018 Million Mile Celebration honoring 77 safe drivers and awarded nearly $1,000,000 in bonuses

 

Myth 3: You’re just another number.

J.B. Hunt may be one of the largest trucking companies in the United States, however, we pride ourselves on maintaining a small company feel. Over the road drivers at J.B. Hunt have dedicated fleet managers and 24/7 support because we know a good relationship with your manager is essential to a successful career.

When asked about his relationship with his manager, Bruce said, “He really does care for his drivers. I really believe that.” For new drivers starting out, Bruce wanted to emphasize the necessity of communication. “Communication, communication, communication. That’s the main key. It’s communicating with your chain of command to get things done.”

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Are you hearing the call of the open road? Feel free to fill out our short form or give us a call at 1-877-791-9458 to learn more about J.B. Hunt’s over the road truck driving jobs!

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