Interview with a Truck Driver Kenneth M. Covington

What is your name, and can you tell us a little about yourself?


My name is Kenneth M. Covington, I’m 31yrs old and I’m from North Carolina. I’m a huge football fan. I also played football myself, high school ball, college and arena football. I graduated high school and spent  2yrs in college. While in high school my team was ranked #2 in the nation. I come from a family with great morals and values.


What made you decide to become a truck driver?


In early 2002 I decided I was going to attend a truck driving school. At that time I decided I needed a change in my life and to better myself as an individual and I had to think about my roles in being a parent. A dad that was willing to do whatever it takes to take care of my responsibilities.


How did you get you’re start in truck driving?


My start began in trucking based upon an experience from a few family friends on what this career could provide for me and my daughter. I started this journey with Transport America out of Eagan, MN.


How long have you been a truck driver?


I have been a truck driver a little over 11 yrs now.


What do you like or dislike about being a truck driver?


There’s a few things that I like and dislike about being a truck driver. I like the fact of being able to deliver loads and the opportunity to explore the country. I also like the independency that comes along with it. It’s up to you as an individual to get the loads there safely and on time. I dislike the fact that a lot of people don’t give us “truck drivers” enough credit for what we do and without us the supplies and goods you have in your household wouldn’t exist.  My final dislike would be the treatment in this industry it can be rough but it also can make you a better person.


Did you encounter anything unexpected after you became a truck driver?

 After being in this career a few years I thought of becoming an owner operator I never expected it to occur so fast but it happen. In August 2009 I decided I was going to go back over the road and do a lease purchase which I had never done before. I heard some horror stories on lease purchases and also some successful stories on being an owner operator. Today I actually have the title to my truck. I paid it off in January 2012.


 Who do you drive a truck for?


Today I’m contracted to National Carriers out of Liberal, KS. I also did my lease purchase through them as well.


Are you happy working for them?


I’m happy to be contracted to National. It’s a smaller company and every company has it’s ups and downs. Trucking is a cut throat business. You take the good with the bad and make the best out of any situation.


Do you have any regrets?


I have no regrets in choosing this career path. I try to live my life with no regrets because of the choices I’ve made in my life past, present, and future they have and will make me who I am as an individual.


Is there anything else you want to tell us about truck driving?
Trucking can be good or bad depending on the person. What I will suggest to anyone that’s thinking of driving be prepared to work. One thing I’ve found out in this business is that a lot of people want to make more money but it seems sometimes that there are those that don’t want to put the hard work and dedication out there to make more money for themselves and their families.

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