Approved for truck driving academy. Getting cold feet

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

  1. roadranger550

    roadranger550 Light Load Member

    112
    103
    Jun 20, 2016
    0
    I dont know. What I DO know is to trust your gut instincts. I am an old guy whose been around the block a few times, FYI. Trucking is being automated and portioned out in so many ways that in ten years or so it will wont be anything like it was in my youth. Whatever you do, good luck to you!
     
    CK73 Thanks this.
  2. tman78

    tman78 Light Load Member

    271
    149
    Jul 2, 2014
    0
    Old guy...expound more on the Automated aspect of Trucking. Let us young ones hear the wisdom of your words...

    .
     
    jlawson1979 Thanks this.
  3. jlawson1979

    jlawson1979 Light Load Member

    116
    45
    Jul 10, 2012
    0
    I would say that when all truck driving jobs are fully automated that drivers could get jobs driving forklifts but I bet they will be automated too, lol.
     
  4. theVegantrucker

    theVegantrucker Bobtail Member

    1
    1
    Jan 2, 2018
    0
    I have been a driver for over 30 years when I started I was told don't plan on getting rich plan on making only a liveable wage.37cpm is nothing 45cpm at least is what you would need to make a good living.I am 57 years old and no where near financially stable enough to retire.I wish I had an other skill to fall back on I am stuck till I die driving a #### truck. When I started I was gun-ho now I am bitter and curs the day I started.Trucking is hard and I am stuck dealing with health problems because of it.I am not saying don't do it just remember it is a life that can can consume your life be sure you have a way out if become to over whelming and destroys who you are and where you want to end up at the end of life
     
    tman78 Thanks this.
  5. tman78

    tman78 Light Load Member

    271
    149
    Jul 2, 2014
    0
    Jesus Vegan...that's one hell of first post. Its a shame you didn't manage to save any money Driving OTR?

    What happened that prevented you from saving some $?

    ?
     
  6. CK73

    CK73 Bobtail Member

    45
    28
    Dec 19, 2017
    0
    Yes, I would ask that same question from Vegan about saving money and how trucking caused health problems. Seriously not judging and I would appreciate the feedback. Did you try working out with free weights or resistance bands during reset or breaks? Are you cooking your own food for the most part in the truck? Is it stress, diet, greedy ex-wives, or what that ruined your health and robbed your gold?

    It's a story I want to hear because approaching mid-forties I want to retired by late 50's or all of this is a no-go and I might as well go to work at UPS, or keep driving Uber locally. Or fix computers. Thanks in advance.
     
  7. roadranger550

    roadranger550 Light Load Member

    112
    103
    Jun 20, 2016
    0
    Pretty simple.

    One day there _will_ be self-driving trucks, besides the experimental ones now. Particularity on OTR. Already they are running trucks, behind a truck driven by a human operator, that follow him/her.

    If they can invent a humanoid robot that can unload a trailer, its game over. Even LTL-P&D will be gone, but granted, that's likely a long way off, so becoming a P&D or local route driver is the only way to go, IMO.

    And inter-modal trains are only increasing in freight loads every year. Even trains have been
    automated at least in some yards. Sure am glad that I am retiring soon. This game is over, sooner or later. Its been going to the dogs for years, and its only going to get worse, not better.

    Get into another trade like HVAC or electrical work, anything but driving a rig for 40 years!
     
  • Draft saved Draft deleted