Have you ever heard the saying "the grass is always greener on the other side?" In the trucking industry, this often means that everybody else’s truck driving job is better than yours. Other truck drivers get better miles, better pay and more home time. Although, if you stop and think about it, how often is the grass actually better? Is it really greener or is it the exact same?
In trucking, drivers moving from one company to another are not uncommon. Many truck driving companies notice that in their recruiting and retention efforts, drivers oftentimes leave to find the “greener grass.” However, many trucking companies also find that several of these drivers return. Their stories of why they left include fancy advertisements, slick truck stop recruiters, promised local runs, and more. Although, once they get out on the road with their new company they find that there are problems everywhere. The sweet talk and promises that got that driver away from their original truck driving company were empty, used only to get them in a truck.
Once a driver finds that these were just methods used to get them away from their current company, they anxiously look for a way back. While truck driving companies hate to see their divers leave, many returning drivers come with a greater appreciation for what an opportunity it is to have a truck driving job. Many companies have good experiences with their returning drivers. Returning drivers are great a great asset for informing others that instead of searching for greener pastures, it is best to stay where you are and succeed.
It is important to realize that a truck driving job isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work to succeed in trucking, but it is possible. Typically, when a driver changes companies, he will lose about 3 weeks to 2 months in earnings, not counting lost time and seniority. It is true, a truck driving job can be difficult at times, but remember, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.