I'm coming up to about 2 years of driving next month. I'm starting to rethink my industry choice.
Lately I have been dealing with such bad drivers (trucks and cars) and crap from shippers and receivers.... Most other truckers treat each other like garbage, no common courtesy at all on the roads. Shippers and receivers look at us like we are sub human.
I work for a small 25 truck fleet and they treat me well. But I'm wondering if it ever gets better?
It's just work 6 days a week, come home for 36 hours reset and back to work. I'm starting to get bored of the same routine. I have left the industry before but have been sucked back into the black hole that is the trucking industry.
Any of y'all have any advice or tips for me?
Does it get better?
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Get away from them boxes. Go run flatbeds or tank wagons. Think of something that you find interesting & go try it.
Dragging a box behind you is no life worth living. Once you loose that you’ll find customers treat you a lot better, you’ll find better co-workers, and more challenging & exciting work.
That’s part of reason I like hauling grain. Trucking is trucking. But at least the farmers like to chat, friendly, appreciate what I’m doing for them. And occasionally they invite me in for a meal.
Plus I’m home every weekend, and sometimes during the week
As if he's gonna get treated any better because he's
Pulling a flatbed or tanker.
Like anybody cares.
We're all just truck drivers to everybody else.
He's still gonna work 6 days a week and
Be pissed off about it.
You couldn't find a job that paid anything close
To what you made driving.
So you came back.
Join the club,that's why we're all out here.
None of us would put up with all the rules and
Regulations and bullcrap,if we could get the
Same money at a regular job, and be home
No advice is gonna help you.
Either buy your own truck where you have
Total control of your schedule or find a job
That fits your schedule.
That's pretty much your choices.
I was so bored with doing concrete, I was falling asleep in the truck waiting for my turn to pour out on larger pours.
Talk about being treated like a sub human.
I did more local for a few years after that doing this one companies deliveries, then did produce deliveries for Schneider.
Some people were cool, some were total #### heads. But whatever their problems in life are, they are their problems, not mine.
There were two women that abhorred me. Pink stuff everywhere. One even had pink ink pen. They would both kill me several times in some sadistic fashion as I walked up to their window.
The game I started playing with myself was to befriend them. Which is an impossible task. But it keeps your mind in the game, and I'd always walk away laughing.
At the End of the Day 'Work is Work' and like some said its going to be 'Monotonous & Tedious' no matter what so its good to start gettting to use to it if you can. I've been driving for over 25 years now and in the beginning is where I got most of my experience from hauling Vans, Refers, Flatbed, Tailgate etc. I changed jobs almost every year. As I got older I decided to buckle down & researched the higher paying jobs with job security. LTL & P&D jobs locally interested me as well as unionized ones. However, one thing that Only got worse is the four wheeler drivers and other Truckers on the road along with Shipper/Receiver attitiudes but that is a society thing bound to get worse because people simply have become selfish, pretentious and self absorbed along with the rapid population growth. I recently transferred to another depot for a OTR Regional route so I will see how that goes. Change in Trucking is good for the mind, body and soul or I find things become dull and makes you feel stagnant within your well being as a driver and person.
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