End my 2 year trucking career?!

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Canwil3565, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Canwil3565

    Canwil3565 Light Load Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Hi you guys and gals! I have posted before and all of you have been very helpful....please tell me what I am doing wrong here?! I am so broke its ridiculous! Is trucking really suppose to be this way? I drove for super service when I started at .33 com, then got taken advantage of by prime as an attempt to recover what I lost during my first yr "bid" to make a name for myself. I am now with Danny Herman. Good company as far as how they treat me but good values and honesty unfortunately don't pay the bills.
    I understand I won't get rich driving a truck but I am back to super service broke at .40 cpm. Can't seem to get out of the never ending cycle of pay advances here. I am buying food from Wal-Mart and personal items from dollar tree. I love the location they run. No northwest or northeast so no snow chains....is it like; The only way u make money enough to pay bills out here is if I run donners pass on ice? Cabbage mountain in a Blizzard? I'm lost. I let prime put me in the hole at home so bad I feel I will never recover. I'm just a single mom who wants to make a living for myself and my kids.
    I have a great driving record. I love driving this 18 wheeler more than I have ever loved doing anything in my life. I live for the 3,000 miles + mark, when ur so tired u could cry. Its not making me enough money to stay. What do?
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  2. p608

    p608 Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2016
    Get a local job, apply at an ltl company?
  3. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Stop taking advances. They have fees, may not seem like a lot, after awhile it starts to add up.
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  4. Coover

    Coover Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2016
    Why are you broke, what Bill's do you have, where is your money going, what are you spending money on that you really dont need.

    Sit down figure that out then go from there
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  5. EuropeanTrucker

    EuropeanTrucker Light Load Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    If you have 2 years experience you should be making more than .40 cpm. New drivers in my area are getting at least .50 - .55 cpm or at least $20/hr.
  6. GypsyWanderlust

    GypsyWanderlust Medium Load Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    When you say .40 cpm I’m just assuming you are a company driver. If you make 3000 miles a week that is a decent check for most people. Im not saying it is “big” but sure beats an hourly retail job several times over. Why are you having to take advances? Are you still paying Prime for something?
  7. TankerP

    TankerP Heavy Load Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Holding the steering wheel
    How much did you make last year as a truck driver?
  8. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    you got to pound that pavement. its taken me 14 years to make what i make now. lots of cash advances, free refills and old hot dogs. i once bought $20 worth of food at dollar tree for the whole week. oh and their peanut butter sucks. its taste like sand is mixed in
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  9. JoeTruck

    JoeTruck Light Load Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    LOWER 48
    The only way to get a handle on spending is to write down everything you spend, then figure out what can be cut. You must learn to live within your means.
    Keep searching for the best job for you, it's out there.
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  10. Tombstone69

    Tombstone69 Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2018
    Jersey shore
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