I deserve better

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by deerslayer1543, May 29, 2010.


    RAILSPLITTER Medium Load Member

    May 2, 2009
    Coronado, CA
    I hear ya there, hand... if somebody offered that sort of wage to me, here's what I'd look like: :biggrin_2559: I'd probably tell that wanker, "You missed your calling... you should've been a comedian!!!" Oh, well, the hand is a bit green, and the economy is in the sh*tter, so those factors have something to do with it... Mr. ChromeDome has it right, though---not even the lowest bottom feeders pay that low.
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  3. wildcat2

    wildcat2 Light Load Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    I know the pay is way low but you gotta just deal with it since your there.Redneck your right after 15 years I still get called a noobee by some of the older drivers,my father for one course with 46 years under the belt i think he is entitled to that opinion.He has always told me if you think you know enough about what you are doing then you don't know anything.We can always learn something we don't know.To the OP I still haven't paid all my dues after 15 years and it will probably be 15 more before I even consider myself a veteran driver.:biggrin_25525:Then again I might never be one of those.:biggrin_25522:
  4. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Road Train Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    Paying dues...

    Well, a lot could be said about paying dues...and it would probably take more than 90 days to say it all.

    I paid my dues running back and forth to Canada earning 26 cents per mile...I was up there so much I was developing an accent. And if you don't think running in Canada is bad, then you've never driven through Toronto or Montreal during rush hour...not to mention all those border crossings, ####### brokers, ####### border cops, inspections, searches, etc.

    I'm happy to say that if I ever return to Canada, it will be on a hunting trip...not in a truck. (Not for any company, for any reason, for ANY amount of money)

    The most dangerous driver on the road...is the one who thinks he knows it all. Some drivers reach this stage in a few months, others don't get there for 3-5 years...but most usually hit this stage at some point.

    I hit it at 3 years...only briefly, and I was lucky enough to survive it and not kill anybody else either.

    Your pay is low, but its a start...make the best of it, and don't get ahead of yourself.
  5. stranger

    stranger Road Train Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Call Covenant and ask what they pay at 90 days experience, or maybe Werner. Many companies are paying 1980s wages right now. Did you not look at the trucks before you hired on? Is it possible that this guy was the only one that would take a chance on you and give you a job with zero experience, so you could tear up his truck while you learned?

    You DESERVE a better truck? Drivers in the last 10-20 years have come to the point that if they don't get a new truck within 30 days, they think they have been treated wrong. It used to be the new guy got the oldest truck in the fleet, and slowly worked up as newer trucks became available. Now everyone thinks they are entitled. You were not forced at gun point to drive for this guy. Either be grateful someone gave you a start, or go to some training company, and then tell us how great things are. At 90 days your experinece wouldn't make a small pimple on a real truck drivers butt.

    I usually don't respond like this, but these new drivers that think they are entitled to a new truck and high pay are starting to get to me. And beside the point, the O/O you are working for is probably barely making it as it is. He may be ripping you off, or he may be doing the best he can. You wanted a job, he gave you one. If you want to know why you are driving an older truck at the wage you are, look in the mirror. You went to work for what he offered. Live with it or leave.
    broncrider and RAILSPLITTER Thank this.
  6. future driver

    future driver Light Load Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Injun Thanks this.
  7. deerslayer1543

    deerslayer1543 Light Load Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    topeka kansas
    thanks for all the responses guys.Maybe I am being somewhat impatient but IMO some of being green is being young and inexperienced in life in general which Im not.Im 50 YO and until 4 months ago a commercial union carpenter of 20 years.Ive been back and forth across this country many times before I ever got in a truck.I spent my late 20's in a cage as small as the cab of my truck so for the most part the job is gravy at least "work wise". Bentwrench needs to change the batteries in his calculator too.I run team and we dontF### around.When I drive I drive and I am EASILY turning 3000 miles a week LEGALLY.I didnt elaborate on alot of the other BS in this situation but heres an example.I hit an alligator and tear out airlines I have to pay for it cause I should have swerved to avoid it.Not so easy to do when its dark out huh?Hell Im barely breaking even between what I clear and what it costs me to live out there.I took this job because I couldnt get anyone else to give me a chance.Felony+no experience= no thanks buddy.I know theres something better out there for me Ive just got to find the time to find it!
  8. FriedTater

    FriedTater Keeper of The Snakes

    Mar 25, 2009
    United State of Texas
    yet another self entitled crybaby . . . . . . . .
  9. walleye

    walleye Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Land of Cheese
    Do we really need name calling?????
  10. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Making you pay for what broke, no matter the cause is against the law(labor law). After you quit call your state labor board and they will get your money back. If they are paying on a 1099 they will rip them a new one. If you get paid on a 1099 you have no workers comp. Run, before you get hurt.
    walleye and already gone Thank this.
  11. Iceman_biker

    Iceman_biker Light Load Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Arcadia LA
    I agree with a lot of the posters on here that you are still a newbie, very green. But, for flat bed work .23 a mile is horrible, and no one makes there driver pay for what they break. The worst I've had to do is help fix it and if it takes over 30 minutes or so he pays me a little for helping. By most standards I am still a newbie, I learn something new every week and sometimes every day. I have had some lessons that have scared the ###### out of me.:biggrin_25523:
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