Getting bored with local, yearning for the adventure of OTR.

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  1. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Heavy Load Member

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    Been doing local for a year now in the GTA. Pay sucks, but I sleep in my bed I guess that's the trade off. Kinda miss OTR but sometimes I don't. The routine is super boring, I literally go to the same 4-5 warehouses everyday, truck goes 100-200km per day maximum, sometimes less. Make $23 an hour and work 70 hours a week, which is $1600 per week before taxes.

    We have dedicated sleepers so I get to rest between loads.

    Any of you local drivers get bored of it too?

    I felt like OTR was much more adventurous, but after getting paid hourly I doubt I could go back.
     
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  3. 03machwon

    03machwon Light Load Member

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    Find a local job that pays better....that may help keep motivation up, it does for me, you won't see me driving a truck for less than $35/h, that's my absolute minimum, glad I currently make more with all this inflation.
     
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  4. Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden Light Load Member

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    Sometimes I miss just driving all day but then I think of all the B.S. I had to put up with and all the unpaid work. Some days I only drive 50 kms. $1600 for 70 hours is a joke. With a year of local experience you may be able to find something that pays better.
     
  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i LOVED boredom.........

    that way, i had no worries about time schedules, as i too had the same stops 5 nights a week......

    if i did not retire, when i did?

    i'd still be at that same ole, same ole BORING job, and LOVE IT.
     
  6. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Heavy Load Member

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    Exactly. Since we run paper logs, working 7 days a week is normal. I usually get a day off every 2 weeks. It's honestly BS, I only put up with it because the yard is 5 minutes from my house. I thought about looking into better paying jobs but honestly I don't know where to start.
    I'm going to try MB again and see if I can get in there. $23 an hour in this market honestly is not cutting it, working 7 days a week for pay that I could do in 5 days with a better job sounds more up my alley. Very unmotivated at this point honestly.
     
  7. Trucker K

    Trucker K Light Load Member

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    $23/hr shouldn't even exist in these times of inflation and it should be much more. I had multiple Job offers for that amount but told them where to go. I'd recommend searching for something better. However, it depends on driving experience.

    I see it like this even if you're OTR away from home it can be stressful but with gas prices so high your're saving on the commute which sort of equivalents to the time spent OTR to various cities. I doubt with 70 hr per week there's time for anything else besides work & sleep? The rat race on the local commute is crucial.
     
  8. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Local equipment haul,P&D,Dump trucks.
     
  9. Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden Light Load Member

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    I know a couple weeks ago they were doing road tests. They had 5 new guys quit.
     
  10. classicxl

    classicxl Light Load Member

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    Working 7 days a week hell no i work my sun/thursday 4:30pm until 03:30/4am and most times go home early on my friday .sure i only make $1700-$1900 after tax every two weeks but I don’t deal with any stress or bs and get Ot time every shift .it’s hard finding a no bs local job in the gta paying more then $26 a hr .Apply to MB they have been calling me non stop this week .I wish they would learn to leave a message though i thought it was a telemarketer calling .i searched the number came up MB in mississauga,They must be desperate to keep calling me .it’s supposed to
    be good money you just have to deal with how they run .Me having a gut who knows if i would get in anyways but i’m working on that .TST also looking and their supposed to be union $25.60 a hr or 56 cents a mile there looking for highway drivers terminal to terminal and rosedale looking for guys also
     
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  11. Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden Light Load Member

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    They are desperate because no one wants to work. Everybody wants $35/hr but they don’t want to work for it.
     
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