Getting tired

Discussion in 'Heavy Haul Trucking Forum' started by Rooster1291979, May 22, 2021.

  1. Rooster1291979

    Rooster1291979 Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Feel like I’m getting burnt out. The permits, curfews, routes, escorts and all the rest. I don’t need the escorts when I’m empty, but I usually have at least one that rolls with me in case I have steering problems. The downtime is incredible. It’s not uncommon to sit for a week or more loaded because of blah blah blah. I’m salary so the sitting doesn’t effect my pay and I’m always in hotels. I don’t have much to complain about honestly. It’s getting to the point where I look at van trailers with their prepass and the ability to take any dang route you please with envy.

    You guys ever experience this? What do you do to break up the boredom? I only haul 1 thing. Routes are often different as the pickup and drop do change. I just need prospective.
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  3. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    Sounds like you need a vacation, go see some mountains for a week or two.
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
  5. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Vacations are okay, but if you aren't happy when you get back from one, it doesn't help. I never liked going on vacation knowing what crap I had to return to. Remember, other trucking jobs always looks better from a distance, ALL trucking jobs are boring, unless you haul something different everyday, like I did with rail cans. I rarely delivered to the same place twice. The horrors of pulling a box around will convince you in short order, it really is the "low of the low" in trucking ( sorry, van and reefer draggers, it's true). When I had my company route job and got burnt out, the boss would put me on the dock for a couple days, you never saw someone so willing to get back in a truck. Rather than a vacation, which I feel is a band-aid on a heart attack, you have experience, nobody says you have to stay, and job market for drivers couldn't be better today. Try something else.
  6. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    Take a vacation, clear your head. If all else fails, try dry bulk tankers. Guaranteed free entertainment every day.

    I just got what I've always wanted. A dedicated run. And I'm actually bored with it. Same place loading and unloading, twice a day, all week long. I literally know where every pothole in the road between the two places is.

    Maybe it'll get better, but a month into this and I'm bored.
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  7. reeferwrencher

    reeferwrencher Medium Load Member

    Aug 4, 2018
    Keep your trucking licence and think about doing something else maybe.
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  8. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Canceling cancel culture/CCC
    I know how that feels but on the plus side most of my days only about 9-10hrs on avg. 81-380-80-287 everyday Lol with a little upstate thrown in the mix
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  9. Capacity

    Capacity Heavy Load Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wi
    I know what your saying driver , we would sit for days on Tour.
    I dont care how nice the hotel was they all sucked.
    Wait til the bud bugs get you , i had to go to the ER , they bit me all over even my face , had to call the Heavy Hitters on that nightmare.
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  10. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    My day is usually 11 hours, and it's all on 81 from Harrisburg to Martinsburg WV. It's typically a nice ride. Even when there's an accident, the back roads offer nice scenery, if you know to stay off route 11.
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  11. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    There’s also the horror of God only knows what idiot trashing your truck while you’re off.

    As soon as my Dad heard me say I don’t like taking time off, he knew why instantly because he was the same way.
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