Former driver comments

Discussion in 'Schneider' started by Grandiego, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    I quit SNI last year. I'll make a few comments and try to be fair. I still drive a little, going out on short trips for a local company---when I feel like it and want the extra money. I like seeing my family now. I like sleeping in my own bed. I like getting paid for my time. I was a company driver for SNI. I tried a dedicated route with SNI. I tried System. I tried Homerun. The DBLs were decent for the most part. The company was honest for the most part. The problem lies partly with SNI management, and partly with the way the trucking industry runs in general. I've never been a member of a union, but this is an industry that needs unionization desperately. To state things simply, SNI is cheap but honest. They care about safety more than they care about driver comfort. I consider my time with SNI as a sacrifice. It is true that sitting behind the wheel on the open road is enjoyable, especially with a good audiobook. These moments are fewer than a newbie might anticipate though. My advice to someone considering a driving career would be to avoid it if at all possible. Driving was at times, a living hell for me. Glad to be done. I do appreciate being able to feed my family during hard economic times. I give SNI credit for that. I would say that there are a few people, very few, who will love driving.
     
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  3. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

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    Not much I disagree with here. You are right, most will not love driving. I do, this job is still more free than most. That's why I stay.
     
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  4. moosc

    moosc Road Train Member

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    18 years and I still love it. Even more now that every one moved out of the house. It's a life style change. You sacrifice a lot your family needs to understand that. You may not b home for those special days. But I say this today's drivers just like our solders have it easier today. Video chat is so much better then sitting in a phone booth dropping quarters hoping you don't loose the call.
     
  5. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

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    this is why it is a former driver thread
    some like it out here
    every job has its drawbacks
    just need to find the ones you don't mind
     
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  6. Suptrkr

    Suptrkr Light Load Member

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    The one thing that you said in your
     
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  7. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    Please explain what you mean by freedom. It's great that you love the job.
     
  8. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    Understood. You are right, of course.
     
  9. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    Absolutely.
     
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  11. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

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    I can stop when I want, eat when I want and sleep when I want. I just have to make a destination by a certain time. I control the temperature and the tunes. It's a good job to me.
     
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