Driver Spotlight – Trevor Nuttall
At 23 years old, Trevor Nuttall decided he had had enough of the long hours and never-changing atmosphere of his factory job. He longed for something with more adventure and a better scenery; something through which he could more easily support his family.
He chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter the world of professional trucking. And Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) provided just the opportunity he needed. Even without a CDL or any prior big rig experience, Trevor got his foot into the door as a student at the local DTI Network driver school.
“I went to Dot Transportation’s school right here in Dyersburg, Tennessee,” he said. Even as the youngest one in his class by more than a decade, he felt at ease making the leap into his new career path.
“It wasn’t an issue being the youngest,” he said. “Everyone else was in their late 30s or early 40s. But in a way, some of the older ones looked up to me for answers.”
Trevor says that going through the program with so many fellow aspiring drivers allowed him to build a network of friends he can lean on as advances his trucking career. And with the relationships he’s built with folks at the DC, Trevor says it makes the road a little less lonely.
“If you run into a problem, I can call someone and try to talk it out between us,” he said. “The support that we get from dispatch, traffic, the gate station–I really couldn’t ask for better support.”
Still in his first calendar year as a DTI driver, Trevor has already visited seven different states and looks forward to seeing more as he continues his journey. And after seeing his first few paychecks, it was clear he had made the right decision and had no regrets about leaving the factory environment.
“I don’t miss nothing about the factory after being out here on the road. You get to see a bunch of stuff you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. Factory work is like living life on repeat.”
Trevor already speaks with the confidence of a veteran driver and would encourage anyone considering a life on the road to follow in his footsteps.
“If I can do it, you could do it. I think you’d love every second of it,” he said. “Dot will teach you how to drive and will make sure you’re comfortable with it before letting you go out on your own.
For more information on DTI Network or partner school programs near you, visit our schools page.
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