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Power Only Driving: The Call of the Open Road
When The Office Job Isn’t the Life for You
It’s true that traditional office jobs dominate the professional landscape. Some of you are looking for something more. Do you hear the call of the open road, beckoning you away from the confines of cubicles and fluorescent lights? If you are seeking a life where the road stretches out before you, where each mile brings a new adventure – a non-office job where the only boss you answer to is yourself, then power only driving may be the perfect fit.
Continue reading to learn the benefits of being on the road for longer than a typical work-week. We will highlight the unique advantages and opportunities that come with embracing the freedom and adventure of the owner-operator lifestyle.
Freedom to Roam
Out here on the open road, you’ve got the freedom to call the shots. No more being tied down to the same old routine or office cubicle. As a truck driver, you’re in control of where those wheels take you. Want to explore the rolling hills of the Midwest? Go for it. Craving the sights of the badlands or the ocean and mountains of the West Coast? Hit the gas and head there.
Because their job has given them the opportunity, the drivers that lease on with Trailer Transit have been all over the country and have brought back wonderful tales and photos of the interesting places they have visited. Charlie visited San Antonio, Texas where he saw the Alamo and enjoyed time on the Riverwalk. David’s favorite haul is for Motorcross that takes him across the United States and back again. Racing stops include California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, and, of course, Indiana!
Being a power only driver means being more than just a spectator; you’re part of the living, breathing tapestry of America. Everywhere you go, there’s a new community to connect with; each with its own story to tell. From small-town charm to urban hustle, you get to experience it all. Like Chris and several other Trailer Transit power only drivers who have hauled sets for concerts and shows like Cirque du Soleil or transported simulators for the US military.
Whether you’re savoring a plate of down-home cooking at a roadside diner or chatting with the locals at a truck stop, you’re getting a taste of the real deal. There’s no better way to understand this country than to be out there on the road, meeting folks from all walks of life.
Friends Not Found by the Watercooler
A common (and strong) opinion amongst our owner operators is that they love the smaller mom and pop truck stops. The people are friendly, interesting, and trustworthy. Our drivers have mentioned similar stop names from South Carolina to Wyoming, to California. It’s apparent that they really get to know a few people along their routes and have made friends with other drivers as well as the locals. This is something that they’d never experience while working with the same people day in and day out at other typical jobs.
The Financial Advantage
Being an Owner Operator offers significant financial advantages. You have the freedom to set your rates and choose the loads you haul, ensuring bigger paychecks and cutting out middlemen. Your earnings depend on the miles you cover, granting you the potential for higher income as you hit the road. Additionally, tax breaks or reimbursements on expenses like fuel, maintenance, insurance, and meals further bolster your finances, putting more money back in your pocket. You control your workload, allowing you a flexible schedule to optimize your time for maximum earnings and take breaks when needed.
Speaking of breaks – power only driving has the added advantage of saving you money on traditional vacation spending. While others may need to budget and plan for their time off, you can travel while working; exploring new destinations without the full burden of expenses like accommodation, dining out, and sometimes, costly attractions. If you’re taking a load from North Carolina to Las Vegas, why not travel I-40 which will take you through the Great Smoky Mountains, stop in Nashville for some music and hot chicken, experience the cultures of the Navajo and Apache Nations or the vibrant art scene in Albuquerque?
At Trailer Transit, Inc. our dispatchers try their best to keep your deadhead miles low. So instead of heading home from Vegas on your own dime, maybe there’s a load to pick up in Denver. Now you can take I-70 through Utah and take your break at Arches National Park – it shouldn’t be missed and it’s on the way! No need for expensive flights, hotels, and vacation packages. Leaving you to redirect those funds towards savings, fun, and your future.
Work - Life Balance
As a Power Only Driver, finding that sweet spot between work and life is the key to keep your wheels rollin’ smoothly in the trucking world. The open road can be demanding, but it also offers unique opportunities to strike a healthy balance between your professional and personal life.
First, set a schedule that works for you. One of the most common praises we hear from our drivers at Trailer Transit, is that we treat them like real people and respect their time. We encourage our owner operators to plan their driving hours smartly so they have time to rest, spend time at home, be safe, and enjoy their jobs. A well-rested driver is a safer and more efficient driver.
When you do get some downtime between hauls, your options for spending your time are completely up to you. Some drivers have decked out their cabs with entertainment systems so they can relax with movies or music. Many like to get out there and explore; to stretch their legs, take a walk around the truck stop, or enjoy the local sights and meet new people.
Second, don’t let distance keep you apart from your loved ones. Thanks to technology, you can stay in touch like never before. It’s the small things that count while you’re on the road. Fire up the video calls, send your photos, and share those road stories with your family and friends. And when you do get home, make it count, too. Take the time to truly be present with your folks and friends. Life on the road can seem lonely, and isn’t always easy, but with proper balance and some quality time, you can create a fulfilling owner operator lifestyle.
With every job there are upsides and downsides, but as an owner operator with Trailer Transit, Inc., every day is a chance to discover hidden gems and experience different cultures. While you might not be home every weekend, you’re not bound to a fixed itinerary or a boss breathing down your neck. When you see an interesting sign or hear about a cool spot from a fellow trucker, you can steer your rig and check out something new. Gone are the chains of the 9-5 workweek. If this sounds like the life for you, visit our website to learn more and contact us!