Burn Out

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Very Metal, Apr 2, 2023.

  1. Very Metal

    Very Metal Light Load Member

    Apr 2, 2016
    Dirty South,Tn
    At Christmas I decided to get out of trucking, took a month off to decompress, and make sure I was doing the right thing. 7 years hardcore OTR, 49 states and 8 provinces in Canada, accident free, open deck, OD load, 2 year chemical tanker, 1 year Car Hauler. Got my 1 Million miles and mentally burnt.
    Before trucking, in was a 15 year Mercedes-Benz dealer tech, kept all my rools and decided to start wrenching again at my friends small Indipendant shop. 3 months later i feel like a human being again. I had not realized what was happening to my mental state progressively over the past few years, depression , etc...
    Anyone else out there in the same boat? Hung up the CDL for a bit or forever?
    Its goIng to be hard for me to go back, maybe if i ran Alaska a lot or West CANADA.
    Enjoying the 5 day workweek with weekends off, smoking cannabis recreationally and happy to get away from the FMCSA pressure. Thoughts?
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  3. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    I've known a few guys who try something else for awhile, about 50/50 on going back to driving.
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  4. Deadwood

    Deadwood Heavy Load Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    I have no idea why you’d want to do OTR. You get paid less for a harder job with worse living conditions.

    Get a local job driving hazmat someplace in the south. That way you don’t have to deal with freezing weather, you sleep in your own bed at night and, by requiring a security clearance, the hazmat keeps out the hordes of illegal Mexicans out of the driver pool depressing wages.
  5. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    I’d suggest looking for the appropriate market to open a euro-centric, independent repair shop. My buddy (very OCD) is an independent shop owner/sole-operator and I wish you could see the living he’s made for himself.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2023
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  6. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    The suggestions made in posts 3 & 4 above are actually both REALLY GOOD ones.

    It's really just a question of which you'd rather do next....

    -- Lual
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  7. Very Metal

    Very Metal Light Load Member

    Apr 2, 2016
    Dirty South,Tn
    Im back working at my friends Mercedes Indy shop. After a couple of months knocking off a lot of rust from 7 years away from wrenching, im back in the groove, and yes the money is very good.
    My initial reason for getting my CDL was for the ultimate adventure, travel far and wide, to do all 49 and Canada, which I accomplished, but did not predict the mental breakdown it has on me. I did work a regional tanker hazmat job for a year but found it very boring.
    The grind of OTR just really hit me the past year, aware of the signs of burnout, just didnt know how to deal, like a lot of us do.
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  8. kidz bop

    kidz bop Medium Load Member

    Oct 5, 2017
    family medical leave can also help remedy burn out taking a full 12 weeks off to heal etc. so it may prevent you need to quit. that's kind of it's purpose is to protect or help boost health of workers and their families.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2023
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  9. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    I'm not understanding the original post.

    Are you wanting someone to talk you back into trucking, or have you already made up your mind?

    You're happy where you are, make good money, and can smoke pot.

    You said you weren't happy when you left trucking.

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

    Nov 29, 2011
    West Virginia

    Thinking it’s option 3….,
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  11. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Glad you got your mind right. When the wanderlust strikes again, offer your buddy your services of delivering cars for his customers.
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