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I spent 3500 on truck driving school, got a cdl, and sat on it .I'm glad I did.6 classmates in all.1 dead-2 divorced.I make $24,000 as a cook.I'll stay in an apron.
I'm learning from all you men and women. Thank you. Interested in new regs: ie: black box. Do you think this will change your travel on road? thank you. Stay Safe. xxxoooS
36 years, now retired, don't miss it at all. It was a good living while I was doing it but it was time to hang it up. To anyone that is thinking of driving for a living, check it out completly before you do. It can be a wonderful life or one of the biggest mistakes you could make.
to all you truckers out there.I resd some truth and some BS in the comment sectiontake it from someone wit years 43 years driving over the rdhauling HAZMATE. no wrecks, and only 6 tickets in my career.over 3 million miles, and it is not fun anymore.too many regs and ticket happy cops to deal withgood luck to you all
This goes out to Jason. I read and figure that you know what you are talking about when it comes to owner operators. I have a few questions, I hope you take the time to respond to. The reason, I'm thinking of goind owner operator. First, you said paying the truck is first priority, is it better to buy a used truck or new truck. I was figuring new hoping to have less maintenance expenses the first couple years. Versus, a uses truck which may require maintenance expenses right away. What is your take on that? Typically, what would you say is the annual expenses for the truck in a year? If the truck is new, how much of a down payment is required? How soon would you attempt to pay off the truck?
I have to laugh at some of you. Your still young and what i call still wet behind the ears!Some of you I need to put on my boots cause it getting deep! I've been driving for 23 yrs now,and yet to lay one over or put in a ditch. I'm good at what i do and do it with safty. I know when to hustle and when i need to slow down. I know how to read the road and my surroundings. I'm not saying i'm the best, for there is always someone better and room for me to learn somthing new! Been around since i was 17 yrs old starting out by pumping fuel.I must say been shown by some of the best at that time. Most of them are not around anymore, either retired or the pills got them. Ive seen laws and rules change so much over the years its a wonder im still driving.I dont like the changes, especially when it comes from some damn pencil pusher who never drove one of these in there life! Why the heck dont they just leave us alone. At times I thought of buying my own rig, but why? why the headach. I come home i want to enjoy it , not have to work on a truck. More power to you owner op! Let me say this, and this comes from a very good sorce with conection to washington, The cheating, lying, falsifying,and all the loophole you may know, will be in the past! In about 2 yrs or sooner all trucks will have to comply with the black box which includes electronic logs ! So them 660 miles you are doing today, will be the past, for with electronic logs im lucky enough to get 600 miles, and thats pushing it! So you all get ready, enjoy what your doing for its coming to a hault ! No, i dont drive for J.B. , Warner, or Crst. Three C's to you all, Be Cool,Calm, and Careful.
I SPENT 23 LONG HARD YEARS OUT THERE, RUNNING EVERYTHING FROM A FLATBED TO A VAN AND A REFER AND EVEN WIDE-LOADS FOR ABOUT 4 1/2 OF THOSE YEARS. I HAVE A LITTLE OVER 2 MILLION MILES ON DOT LOG. I RAN TEAM FOR 10 YEARS, 5 OF THOSE WERE WITH MY WIFE. THOSE WERE THE GOOD YEARS, FUEL WAS CHEAP AND I HAD THE LOVE OF MY LIFE WITH ME. I BOUGHT MY FIRST TRUCK IN 1972, RIGHT OUT OF SERVICE AND BEFORE REGULATION. BACK IN THOSE DAYS WE DID RUN 5,000 - 5,500 PER WEEK AND WERE BEGGING FOR MORE. YOU HAD TO RUN LIKE THAT TO MAKE A LIVING AND SURVIVE OUT THERE. MY RECORD FOR BEING GONE FROM HOME WAS 9 MO. AND 1 DAY, THAT WAS BACK IN 1984. I GOT STUPID AND BOUGHT 2 MORE TRUCKS. THAT MADE 3 COUNTING THE ONE I WAS DRIVING. I PUT A COUSIN ON 1 AND A GOOD FRIEND ON THE OTHER, NEITHER OF THEM LASTED 6 WEEKS. I WENT THRU 7 DRIVERS THAT YEAR BECAUSE NOBODY WANTED TO STAY OUT THERE AND RUN. SO I STAYED OUT FOR OVER 9 MONTHS STRAIGHT TRYING TO PAY FOR ALL 3 TRUCKS. ALMOST LOST MY WIFE AND FAMILY DURING THAT TIME. COME JANURARY '85 I SOLD THE OTHER 2 TRUCKS AND REANALIZED MY LIFESTYLE. I WENT HOME MORE OFTEN AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 42 YEARS NOW TO THE SAME WOMAN. LOVED WHAT I DID BUT DON'T MISS IT NOW. I DON'T EVEN DRIVE THE CAR NOW, I LET HER DRIVE EVERYWHERE WE GO. FEEL LIKE I PUT IN MY TIME AND BEAT THE ODDS SO I JUST LEAN THE SEAT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE NOW......
to many typos to be taken seriously.smells like someones cookin' up some spam!!!
People, please....Jason is correct about the DOT regs and the miles for the week. Reggut is correct as well about the 34 hour rule for the following week. Yes, it is a lifestyle and yes you can make good money. After 10 years of doing electronic transport (I was a specialist) I made great money but wanted to go to school and left the industry. I miss the open road and the money but now have something I love better. BTW....I didn't even start my truck for under $4.00 a mile but then again I had to load and unload and there were NO excuses. It got there in the same shape it was when I picked it up. My customers knew I was the most dependable person they could get and the more sensitive the electronics the more they paid but it was worth it to them. So, sir, please remember that each and every career has its ups and downs. There were times I wanted to cry because I was tired, cold, bored, frustrated and just didn't want to do it any longer. Many times what got me through was seeing a customer who had been on a 4 year waiting list getting what they needed. Good times and bad and no, I wouldn't trade those 10 years for anything. I believe you might be able to be a drop and drag freight hauler but you'd never make an electronic transport specialist. Good luck!