6 careers for people that love spending time behind the wheel

According to a recent survey, the average adult will spend approximately 35% of their waking hours at work over a lifetime. As a result, if we’re going to be dedicating so many hours to our careers, it’s important that we’re also having fun. After all, why spend hour after hour chained to a desk when you could be hitting the open roads and earning while you drive?

Motorheads will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of ways to earn an income behind the wheel – here are just a few examples to get you started! 


Whether you’ve worked as a mechanic or simply know everything there is to know about cars; then you might want to consider running a company that sells automotive parts. While you could open a physical premises for the store, the popularity of online shopping means that setting up an auto parts website is probably your best bet. However, when setting up your website, you might want to work with an experienced ecommerce designer to enhance your visibility online, meaning you’ll be able to stand out from other auto parts sites. 


If you have excellent people skills and knowledge of different makes and models of cars, then you may want to look into running a car dealership. In this case, it may be better to start dealing with second-hand cars while you find your footing and get to grips with a hyper-competitive industry. Furthermore, you’ll also need to work on your customer relation skills, as you’ll have to convince customers to purchase cars from your dealership instead of buying one from your competitors. This likely means that you’ll need to be an excellent negotiator in order to work out a price that is good for both parties. 


If you’re looking to turn your car into a source of income (and want to spend as much time behind the wheel as possible), then you could become a taxi driver. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for those looking into this kind of career, whether you sign up to a taxi company or work independently through sites such as uber. However, it’s important to remember that working as a taxi driver is not always smooth sailing – the hours can be long, and you’ll occasionally have to deal with difficult customers. If you don’t fancy working as a traditional taxi driver and own some kind of specialist vehicle, you could always work as a driver for special events, such as weddings. Alternatively, you could spend more time behind the wheel by working as a courier or delivery driver – which could allow you to travel a little further afield than you are used to. 


If you’re interested in car repairs and maintenance, you might want to consider becoming a mechanic. While this will likely require some additional training on your part, it can prove to be a very exciting and profitable career. Even better, it means you get to spend most of your time around cars – which is a win-win for any motorhead. While this job doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road, you’ll be learning more and more about an industry that you’re particularly passionate about. Furthermore, you’ll also be able to take cars for test drives to ensure everything is in good working order.


If you’re a safe driver and have always fancied teaching, then you might want to pursue a career as a driving instructor. Typically, you will have to complete some kind of training course ahead of time – which takes around six months on average to complete. Depending on where you live, you may also have to have been behind the wheel for a certain period of time yourself, too, so that you have demonstrable experience on the roads. This way, you’ll be able to use your own experiences to help people pass their driving test as quickly as possible. While working as a driving instructor means you’ll spend the majority of your time in your car, another benefit of this career is the simple fact that it pays relatively well. 


If you’ve got a sense of adventure, then becoming a long-haul truck driver may be precisely the kind of career you are looking for. This is because you’ll be able to spend hour after hour behind the wheel, often travelling to new places when doing so. However, this career can also be somewhat isolating – so it’s important to be prepared for this ahead of time. That being said, there are plenty of ways in which you can keep yourself entertained behind the wheel, such as listening to music or audiobooks (though you should ensure that your focus always remains on the road). As long-haul trucking can be a difficult job, their salaries also reflect this. As a result, some truckers can balance their schedules so that they only work for a few months a year and spend the rest of the time at home with their families – which is great for those seeking a better work/life balance. It’s also an excellent career choice for those who don’t like being cooped up in one place for too long. 

In short, there are many careers available to those who want to spend more time in or around cars. While as a child, you may have been encouraged to put your dreams of becoming a race-car driver to bed, this doesn’t mean that a career behind the wheel is out of the question. However, it’s also important to remember that no matter what industry you operate within, you need to work hard to succeed. If you aren’t willing to put in the effort, you won’t get the rewards you are looking for. But, if you’re ready to work and work hard – then you can make a carer for yourself from your love of cars. 

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