Approved for truck driving academy. Getting cold feet

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by CK73, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. CK73

    CK73 Light Load Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Current Uber driver here, former IT consultant. OTR seems like a good fit, as the demand for drivers is very high right now. I will be making .37 cents a mile right of the box. The cost of training is minimal. Single, no kids at home, comfortable being alone, and I actually enjoy driving.

    Why the hesitation? I can't really put it into words. It's obviously a major lifestyle change, but part of me wants and needs that. It's not so much the money as the biggest priority, I just want to be in demand and never have to beg for a job ever again. I want to retire early and travel around in an RV, that's about it. But I have this feeling of dread. I'm no candy ###, in addition to IT, I have installed cable TV, and worked in the oilfields back in the day.

    This should be a no brainer, I'm approved and ready to go, but alarms are going off in my head, yet there's no smoke or fire. Getting married was not as nerve racking. What gives?
  2. KennyG

    KennyG Bobtail Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Losing your life in an accident is more of a possibility compared to your previous jobs. That's my guess to why you have cold feet.
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Drivers are in demand?

    I don't see it.

    By the way how much you make with uber?
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  4. Dick Danger

    Dick Danger Medium Load Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    My buddy is a trainer for a mega, claims the majority of his students don't make it a year so I wouldn't worry about anything except what you're going to do next.
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  5. TripleSix

    TripleSix Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    What do want to do with your life?

    You can do anything you set your mind to do. Make up your mind and do it.

    "But Six, I'm a little unsure..."

    We all were...but that's a story for another day.

    Luck in battle.
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  6. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    Good luck with that.

    You are not in demand, and you may have to beg for jobs in the future.
    If you want to retire early and travel the world, get a higher paying job.

    Uber to trucker.
    And you want it easy?
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  7. WiggleWagon

    WiggleWagon Light Load Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Parked At The Fuel Island
    Just imagine being homeless, living in your car. Living out of public restrooms and showers, always looking for a safe place to sleep. The difference now is your car is a LOT larger. You actually get a paycheck. How much it is can change dramatically. Now remember that you are not actually homeless. You just don't usually get to go home. Everyone wants that load picked up, or they want the freight on the truck. But they usually hate the truck and driver. 37cpm to start isn't bad. But is the pay, and all the rules/fines, etc set up so you actually get to keep the money you've earned? Companies want brand new drivers, but they beat them up for newbie mistakes. Trainers like to screw with trainees rather then actually be an adult and train them to do the job.

    If you can make it through a year of that garbage, then the road ahead is very similar with a better company. Not a lot of things change from company to company except the color of the hood you look at. I have the job hopper status to back that claim up. If you are super careful, play your cards right, have thick skin, and are ready to put up with a year or two of total bullcrap, then you can easily land a job with a good local company making good money.

    Truck drivers are totally in demand. When you run off almost all of your workforce yearly, you will almost always be able to get a job as long as your record is clean like no DUI's, no accidents, etc.

    Remember, the companies that you want to apply to and work for (in the long term) are the companies that are NOT advertising. Pay attention to the companies where the drivers stick around. When it comes to trucking, if there is a job/company where drivers are not jumping ship left and right, then that is who you want to work for.

    Take all that with a grain of salt though. Lots of people will agree with what I say. Lots of people will think I am an idiot. When it comes to truck drivers, you almost can't get a driver to agree with himself. If you want to know 8 different ways to change a light bulb, just ask 2 truckers.
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You want to retire some day, so get started and start saving money. Join a credit union and sock the money away. Which company are you going with?
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  9. DoubleO7

    DoubleO7 Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Southern Illinois
    Relax and go with the flow. I have found a contentment out here. I figured out why. It is that I dont have to stress about those black Fridays like I did in my cube farm days.
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  10. Just passing by

    Just passing by Medium Load Member

    Feb 25, 2017
    Go for it. Don't listen to the naysayers. I got my CDL at 40 years of age. Female, immigrant, never driven a truck... Boom! Halliburton pulling hazmat right out of the gate. Suffered the first year but making good money at the same time. Been pulling tankers for eleven years.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017
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