It’s hard to understate the value and importance of truck drivers in the US economy. Nearly everything among us – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the medical supplies that nurse us back to health, the electronics we use, and even the parts and components that go into creating those items – has traveled on a truck.
Who are the folks behind the wheels of these trucks? We rarely hear their stories even though they are quite literally driving our economy.
Today, we’re excited to launch our Behind the Wheel series so we can all get to know the admirable individuals who help keep our society moving.
For our first feature, we spoke with Hunter Beaudin, owner operator at NH Lone Wolf Transportation, LLC.
How long have you been a truck driver and how did you get into the industry?
I have been a driver for just over six and a half years. My mom actually used to be a waitress at a truckstop and I spent a lot of time there as a kid. I met a lot of drivers and learned how essential the job of a truck driver is. That’s when I became interested in the industry and I was inspired to become a driver myself.
What made you want to be an owner operator?
The freedom. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but you gain a lot of freedom and respect as long as you have the right company. That makes all the work and challenges worth it.
Are there any particular types of loads you specialize in moving? Any types of loads you prefer moving?
I’ll haul anything at least once and I feel confident that I can transport it well. I’d say some of the most meaningful products I’ve moved include medical loads and baby formula during the pandemic.
Truck driving is not an easy job – especially as an independent driver and owner operator. What motivates you?
Honestly, I have plans for my future. I plan to own my own truck in the next few years and I want to buy a house within the next couple of years, too.
What’s the worst part about the job?
A lot of people don’t understand what goes into our day-to-day lives as truck drivers – especially for those of us who live out on the road. All we want is respect because without us, a lot of stuff in this country would not move.
What’s the most fulfilling part of the job?
I like knowing that I’m a part of keeping our country functioning. It’s fulfilling when people acknowledge our hard work and sacrifice.
If you could offer any advice to new or aspiring truck drivers, what would it be?
Take your time to learn and don’t rush backing up. Remember, if this job was as easy as it looks, everyone would be doing it. Also, remember to be respectful. We are all out here doing the same work, and relationships can take you far in this business.
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