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

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    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!
     
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  2. tman78

    tman78 Medium Load Member

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    Old guy...expound more on the Automated aspect of Trucking. Let us young ones hear the wisdom of your words...

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  3. jlawson1979

    jlawson1979 Light Load Member

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    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

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    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
     
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  5. tman78

    tman78 Medium Load Member

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    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 $?

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  6. CK73

    CK73 Light Load Member

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    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

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    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!
     
  8. CK73

    CK73 Light Load Member

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    Well I'm home for a minute now after 6 days of intense training, 12 or so to go. I decided to wait out the winter and the weather has been perfect, thank God. Nothing bad to report at all. We are training on 10 speed manuals, all in decent condition. So far, classroom time has been minimal except for the first 2 days. Now it's 90% hands on, out on "The range". Backing, parallel parking, offset, etc. The pre-trip inspection is something else, so many points to remember but totally doable with just a little extra study each day for any brain. Safety is first, the trainers lost one of their own last year in a freak accident on the range. It was brought up a couple of times and the wounds have not healed. The trainers are lifers for the most part, most have been there forever, which I believe is a good thing overall. Also, the actual training time per day has been on average close to 8.5 hours, not 10, my recruiter was mistaken about that part, so the days actually go by fast, and there's ample time to study and relax at the hotel, which has a top notch indoor pool and hot tub, plus workout room. Also, it's six days straight the first week, then 5 with weekends off after that. NICE. Itt's def not a vacation but when you see a twenty something male or female who has never even drove a stick, English as a second language, out there kicking arse on the range, it's inspiring. I will not be doing a daily log post thing here at TTR though, as that is frowned upon now by the academy, as is broadcasting their/our business in any kind of social media. Understandable. I may follow up with another post at the end of training. I will go as far to say quite a few across the board are flunking out at an alarming rate. Mostly the first week (which I skipped) permit studiers, but also folks who fail third day straight backing, and especially pre-trip. One criticism would be wasting 40 hours having students read a book. The academy could really use an IT update and add some desktop computers, it would save time and money, and surely increase the pass rate. They get to jump back a week and start over though for no extra charge at least once, another nice thing about the academy I suppose. That's about it for now, so far so good, I felt the need to follow up since this thread basically got me through the cold feet stage into the real deal. Thanks again guys and gals :)

    EDIT: There is ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY an HFT (Hair follicle test) and I have the gaps in my hair to prove it! Also, rumors of zero tolerance for alcohol, even in the hotel room, are TRUE. One guy got sent home last week for some empties in the trash can. The help can and will snitch you off. It's weird and I don't like the policy but it is what it is and honestly I feel pretty good being weened off the sauce.
     
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  9. oldC10

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    Thanks for coming back and posting about your first 6 days of training. I'm scheduled to start next Monday at Sampson Community College in NC. I've had some feelings of dread or indecision like you mentioned in earlier posts, but I'm determined to make a go of it. If I find out I don't like it or don't have a knack for it, I'll come back to the house and do something else. This will be a second career for me and I would like to work for a few more years (5 to 7) before I retire for the last time.
     
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