New driver going crazy OTR

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kingty9183, Jan 23, 2022.

  1. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

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    So ive been driving roughly 8 months now OTR and in that time I’ve only been off 10 days. In all seriousness i can feel myself starting to lose a part of my sanity. Im from CT and ive been on the west coast almost 90 days. I love driving but starting to see what the vets meant that going OTR for months at a time isnt all its cracked up to be
     
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  3. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

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    If you have only that amount of time at home, why haven’t you pushed the issue to get home?…
     
  4. Trucker K

    Trucker K Light Load Member

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    Trucking involves a lot of chaos these days especially with everything going on. Most companies are still scrambling for drivers because of the economical problems worldwide with the Global Supply Chain. Yes, you shouldn't of been home already more than 10 days so you need to push the issue for yourself demand it. The majority of companies don't want to lose drivers because drivers aren't replaceable especially now a days so you have leverage. There are an overwhelming amount of trucking jobs everywhere so let your dispatch know what your objective is.!
     
  5. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

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    Because I’m greedy for money and I keep thinking that when I go home I’m missing money. Im a #######
     
  6. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

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    I just want to let everybody know I’m not blaming my companies at all the fault is mine 100%. I have a job paying pretty well for a beginner and I like seeing my bank account grow every week however with minimal contact with people other than shippers receivers and cashiers I see how this can affect your mental health
     
  7. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

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    You can still go home regularly still make very good money…remember getting greedy will do no good…
     
  8. Grundge

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    I used to drive on an account where you received a bonus for not going home. Same deal, after 8 months I was hating trucking and was absolutely miserable.

    Switched to a home weekly account and so much happier now. Enjoying driving again. Also switched to night driving which I prefer. Good thing going for you is that by now you probably know what and how you like to drive. Definitely recommend getting off OTR and switching to what you want. As posted lot of opportunities exist.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

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    What you could do also if your company allows you to take time off wherever find a good location take some time off & get a hotel room and go enjoy the sights and such…that way you can enjoy life a bit and recharge & get back at it.
     
  10. Chinatown

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    Request home time in a warm climate. Most companies don't care where you take home time as long as it's in the freight lanes.
     
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  11. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

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    I’m almost always home for at least 48 hours every weekend, and my paychecks are just fine. I still drive 2500-3000 miles every week (I worked six days last week and drove 3500).
     
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