Driving a Truck vs Mowing Grass.....

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by LawnGuyHouston, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    Yrc can have you do linehaul which is running from one terminal to another or switch point with another driver and back to the term...generally home every day depending on lane you run but at most 1 or 2nights a week overnight...p&d is the local pickup & del drivers...you can have odd hours depending on customers but home daily guaranteed and i think yrc in houston is shut down either whole weekend or parts of it...
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  3. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2021
    Are you saying most truck drivers are too dumb to build their own company and thats why some make so little?
  4. TexasPete

    TexasPete Light Load Member

    Mar 31, 2012
    Houston, TX
    My first job was mowing for a lawn care company in Florida when I was 15. I’d probably look into trucking if I were in the lawn care industry today, especially in Texas. Eventually being exposed to the heat every year is going to catch up to you.

    I graduated from San Jac’s trucking school in December and have been dealing with some family issues, but also looking for a job. I’ve had a few interviews this past week for local jobs and have a 2nd interview scheduled with Dr. Pepper on Monday.

    I’d decided to go the dedicated Walmart route with Schneider but I’m still trying to weigh whether or not it’s worth it to be away from home and sleeping for two weeks in a truck for a stated 1,300 miles a week.

    There ARE a pretty good amount of places around Houston that are hiring drivers with no experience. Hell, Greyhound is advertising for bus drivers offering $22-25/hr..

    Good luck!
  5. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    If he didnt say that, I will
  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    With a new baby, there’s no way I’d be looking to spend days or weeks on the road or have totally unpredictable hours.

    Probably the best paying local driving job would be gasoline tanker.

    several people have stated that are earning near $100k before taxes doing that. But again, every trucking job will expect you to work 16 hours a day 6 and 7 days a week.

    If you’re earning $40k AFTER taxes that’s the same as $60k before , except you have no benefits .

    If you mowed lawns 16 hours a day 6 days a week how much would you earn?
    Cause that’s what you’re going to be doing if you start driving, even locally.

    What’s also hurting your mowing income is that you have unlimited competition since there is no barrier to entry.

    You may be able to get a contract at a military base or some place that requires background checks , and that will eliminate 80% of your competition. So the price will be noticeably higher .
  8. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    SW FLA
    I’ve heard you lawn guys make good money
    How much can I make my first year if I quit driving?

    Someone posted that you probably didn’t make the same $ your first year as you do now

    Many variables in the money truckers make

    You are currently in a business that you can duplicate yourself
    What I mean is you can grow it with more help

    Just remember, a builder that makes $$$$ never swings a hammer
    You can’t do it all but if you start to add other guys to mow then eventually you will be the guy in the F250 with ac on checking on them and bidding more work
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  9. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Dumb=they don’t know how. If someone is dumb, he can learn. Stupid has the intelligence, but doesn’t use it to his benefit. You can’t fix Stupid, but Dumb can be taught.

    OP has work ethic. That’s missing in the majority of the wannabe posts. That will take him much farther than normal.
    Too many prefer to sit at home waiting for stimulus money than work.
    Last edited: May 1, 2021
  10. im not real sure

    im not real sure Light Load Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Athens, GA
    Yes, you can make good money driving a truck. I started driving in 2009 and I've never made less than $50k. Local companies are becoming less concerned about OTR experience too. When I started everyone wanted 2 years OTR. Now some only require 6 months experience. There are jobs everywhere too.
  11. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    SW FLA
    I’ve posted this in the past
    But getting into trucking is as easy as getting your own Mary Kay or Amway kit

    Therefore you have some who can make $$$$ and have a life and others who can’t make McDonald’s pay

    I personally wouldn’t take any job locally that was 40-50 hours per week for less than $100k but that’s because I know what my numbers are driving and I could hit that working PT

    Not everyone can do it and not everyone should, that’s why many company drivers are told step by step how to drive and where to stop etc

    No matter what you decide. Or anyone reading this, if you’re going to get up and put your underwear on then make the day count
    Whether at work or vacation, get the most out of the time invested

    The juice needs to be worth the squeeze!
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