18Yr Should/Would you have started trucking?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by alexkid777, Oct 3, 2023.

  1. alexkid777

    alexkid777 Bobtail Member

    Oct 3, 2023
    Just turned 18, my Whole family owns there own truck/Owner ops, I have all the knowledge since im the youngest one, would you take advantage? I honestly love trucking super late nights alone and early morning, but Im really into the business side of things I would rather have drivers or become my own broker while trucking. What are your opinions/advice on things within this topic- Alex
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  3. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    If I was 18 again, would I go into trucking? No I would not. I will probably opt to be an electrician or something like that. They make about $200 an hour these days and you can be your own boss. With very little risk and lots of upside potential. That said, I don’t regret it, I went into trucking in my late 40s. After a change in life and I’ve done pretty darn good at it. It’s a decent way to make an honest living, But if you work, OTR, you better have some gypsy blood in you or it will haunt you. No I take that back you better have a lot of gypsy blood in you.
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  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    If you should decide to proceed with the trucking option -- to GREATLY FACILITATE your start to success, seriously consider/implement the following into your life:

    • Keep your driving record squeaky clean (you may not care much about that 15+ mph over ticket -- but the better carriers out there will care -- A LOT o_O)
    • Keep your criminal record clean (e.g., avoid those bar fights and the related assault charges); stealing stuff is a very bad hobby (you can steal hearts/kisses all you want :p)
    • Google/study up on the requirements/criteria required to get a TWIC card, and/or a hazmat endorsement. Those are usually associated with the most profitable freight/loads. Carriers like to specify those in part to weed out a lot of drivers (for those with the cleanest backgrounds), &/or to access restricted areas
    • If you want to start out/spend some time doing regional/OTR -- stay single, AND CHILDLESS (I never said you shouldn't date, though)
    • If you want to start out/spend some time doing regional/OTR -- don't buy a house
    • If you want to start out/spend some time doing regional/OTR -- learn how to cook/prep good food in a sleeper cab
    • Get forklift certified; then get forklift experience with a forklift job nearby
    • BONUS POINTS -- if you can later find a driving teammate that is very good, very safe and very compatible (you drive days, he/she drives nites -- or vice-versa)
    • Get some honest driving experience BEFORE you become a fleet owner/manager

    I could go on further....but just the above will take you A LOT CLOSER TO SUCCESS.

    -- L
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2023
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  5. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    North Central Kansas
    What does your family say?
    They are your true mentors whereas the internet is not.
  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    I can't answer this as no one here really can, we don't know you or who your family is.
    My advice?

    Seriously learn the business end by your family, if you want to drive, then drive but work with them.
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  7. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

    Mar 9, 2014
    In a van down by the River.
    If I coulda started driving at 18 and skipped college I woulda, but I couldn't. But because of college I met my wife.

    The business side never interested me. I always just wanted to drive and was content driving for someone. I never wanted my own truck. I just wanted to drive. There was always something intriguing about waking up in a different state each day, and seeing places I only heard or dreamed about. I have a restless soul and the heart of a traveler. I always love seeing what's around the next corner.
  8. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    I’d look into some other trade , as mentioned , like an Electrictian .
    Takes about five years working for someone else to get your own state license , but it’s basically a license to print money .

    no other trade besides trucking has so many people looking over your shoulder or so many people with their hand out to steal what you worked for .

    unless you like living in a truck and being treated like something stick to the bottom of a shoe .
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  9. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Yeah 18 pretty young. at age 20 then 22, you will change your mind, or not. You can ride with inlaws, find out the business side, even get into brokering now. luck to ya'
  10. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    Learn everything you can about the back office with our family.
    After you reach 21 you can decide to stay in the office -or- drive while keeping a presence in company management
  11. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    Stay away from girls, they’ll ruin everything :)

    That’s all I got..
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