Driving without a family

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Ddr1992 579, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. Ddr1992 579

    Ddr1992 579 Medium Load Member

    Sep 10, 2018
    Is driving otr or regional a better choice if I don't have any friends, family or kids? I'd like to haul non-hazmat food grade loads
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  3. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    What do you do for recreation?
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  4. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Heavy Load Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    Is there a particular reason you don’t have any family or friends?
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  5. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    I don't have any family to speak of.. I like it that way too.. but I still like to get by the shop every 6 weeks or so. to get out of the truck a couple days and see friends....Iam OTR but basically certain lanes
    I have not spent a Major Holiday at home for 34 years.. I love running on holidays..
    Loading Twin Falls Idaho this afternoon and kick them off in Indiana tomorrow evening..
    I love my life style..
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    in one word......NO

    you will not like the job after x amount of time. EVERYONE has SOMEONE at the home base. be it the barbershop, gas station, fish bait and tackle shop, grocery store, etc,etc.

    everyone needs and craves human contact with someone at the home base.

    sure, you can make a friend or two along the way, but that contact person, or people that you can call almost anytime day or night at the home base, are what's going to keep you from going insane out there.

    you very well may burn out in short time, maybe become disgruntled by being alone, with no one to talk to.

    communicating on a trucking website, via typing a few words, is NOT the same as talking to someone from home.
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  7. Malt Ball Cult

    Malt Ball Cult Light Load Member

    Jul 24, 2021
    At the end of the day it's going to come down to what works best for you and your preferences.

    Even though some people, obviously in this thread already, think that they can answer for everyone and know every one that's simply not true... All people are different and you really at the end of the day just have to find out on your own.

    Personally I prefer OTR. I like the extra miles, I like being able to see different parts of the country. I get burned out on regional and I'm pretty sure the same would be true with local. I've done regional on I get burned out on the same old.

    It's really going to depend on what works best for you.
  8. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    OTR food grade is what I do. Only family I have living in this country are aunts and cousins etc and I am fine with seeing them a few times per year.

    If you are OK with limited/no social life then OTR is perfect for you.
  9. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    Most know what kind of work they want to try.
    You already want food grade tanker.
    If you have no obligations for home or family it sounds like you want OTR imho.
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  10. TruckerLlew

    TruckerLlew Medium Load Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    I'm in the same boat now. Wife passed on in May, kids basically written me off. Been OTR for 30 years with minimum time off so no real developed friendships. I'm sticking to OTR as it's all I pretty much know. Have no interest in retiring or working local. I think that would kill me quicker than anything else.
  11. N00bLaLoosh

    N00bLaLoosh Medium Load Member

    May 13, 2021
    OTR has nothing to do with whether or not you have friends. Some people just hate the lifestyle.
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