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    Is Part time trucking possible?

    I really want to give trucking a try but everyone says I would be a fool to switch careers at this point in my life. I have 10 years until I can take early retirement where I work. I will be 51 then. I currently make a little over $40,000.00 a year. There is nothing I can do in this job to make more money.

    I am planning on going through a truck driving school next summer knowing that I will not seek a full time job driving a truck. I just can't get it out of my mind and I think I will know if I would like it by going through a school.

    My question is...Is it possible to drive for someone on my days off? Part time if you will. I work four, ten hour days so I have three days off every week.

    Last edited by milby; 07.31.2009 at 06.13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milby View Post
    I really wan't to give trucking a try but everyone says I would be a fool to switch careers at this point in my life. I have 10 years until I can take early retirement where I work. I will be 51 then. I currently make a little over $40,000.00 a year. There is nothing I can do in this job to make more money.

    I am planning on going through a truck driving school next summer knowing that I will not seek a full time job driving a truck. I just can't get it out of my mind and I think I will know if I would like it by going through a school.

    My question is...Is it possible to drive for someone on my days off? Part time if you will. I work four ten hour days so I have three days off every week.
    It is possible to find part-time driving jobs but it is very hard to locate them. My dad drove part-time for mellow moon until he got laid off from his normal day job last week so now he is a Full-Time driver. He drove part time for 6 years on the weekend while working a normal job. Since you don't plan on quitting your current job, it will be just a looking game. Whatever you do don't quit a job that your 10 years from retiring from to dive head first into an industry that is struggling. Good luck to you though.

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    I have a few questions for you.

    1) do you have a spouse who also brings in income to make your total gross more than $40K
    2) Can you pay all of you living expenses on the $40+k on time?
    3) Do you have enough $$$ for entertainment after you have paid you monthly living cost.
    4) Do you have a decent saving account 401k,ROTH?
    5) Do you have decent benefits ie: health insurance, vacation, etc...?

    If you answer yes to all of these, then why in the world would you want to start driving a truck, even if it is part time.. There is no money to be made in trucking right now, with such a crappy economy, and many experience drivers looking to work. Not to mention the benefits suck, you wold be away from you family, and having to spend $$ a week to survive. Showers aren't free, and the food at truck stops can cost you lots of money as well.. Not to mention but companies would want you to have a least 1 to 2 yrs driving full time, before you could even think of driving part time.

    Wait the ten yrs and take early retirement, then maybe think of taking up driving.. I know a guy who did just that, he enjoys driving and the money he makes is spending money as every thing else is paid for from his retirement money ans SSI..

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    Ditto what Doubledragon said. But something more to consider as well; If you go through a driving school now, and then don't get a driving job, that school will be totally worthless to you for getting hired ten years from now. You will have to do it all over again.

    And to re-affirm what dd said: I don't know of anybody who would take on a part time driver that did not have actual experience. This is mainly due to insurance and the like.

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    Stay put for the next 10 years. Don't lose that retirement for something that you may HATE!!! This is a cruddy time to break into the trucking industry, and I can dang near promise you, you wont make $40K a year driving a truck for somebody, at least not for the first few years. Absolutely do not be fooled by the ads that say you can make 60-70K a year, its BS!

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    Look at places like Coca-cola, and P&D places in your area who may need relief drivers. Once you get experience you could move up to gas hauling as a relief driver or something. If there are DCs in your area, see if they need a part-time yard jockey driver.

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    Third Generation Truck Driver L.B.'s Avatar
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    I saw an ad for a part time class A driver in the Macon, GA area recently but I think it was more than 3 days a week.

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    Is there much of a dairy industry where you are??,....If so talk to the creameries,..They might be able to use a part time milk truck driver for farm pick up,.....Up here in WI they used to pay pretty well for that because farms are picked up 7 days a week and nobody want's to work 7 days a week!!!,......You might pick up some extra money for the next 10 years,.Get some smooth bore tanker experience and be in a good position in 10 years to move into a full time job when you retire from your current position...

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    part time..... whats that about 50 hours a week.

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    I haul grain part time. I work 8-9 months out of the year. But when I'm working it's 40-65 hrs/week.

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