New Trucker Going On The Road

Discussion in 'The Welcome Wagon' started by PenderTrucker, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. PenderTrucker

    PenderTrucker Bobtail Member

    Oct 5, 2019
    Just got my CDL's I've been driving non CDL box trucks / pickup trucks and trailers for few years with company I was working for finally decided to get my CDL's and go to work with my dad he has his own authority and 1 truck and trailer. The plan is to team drive with him for a while until I can save up and get my own truck and probably run under his authority, I haven't really decided if I will do that or join another company and do owner operator, what do you think would be best? Running out of south east North Carolina for the time being just going to team drive with him and learn the trade until I can get my own truck and know what I am doing. Looking to make trucking a career and not just a job. Any advice would be appreciated thanks guys and drive safe!
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  3. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Once your driving and stuff see how like the job. You can run all the number and see how much money he makes and see how much repairs are. Some times in trucking it's a lot or risk owning your truck and not a lot of pay. Today running ELDs you can't just keep running if you have a bad pay week. The truck repairs are cazy hight today if someone has a emission truck
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Forget the word Career.

    If that trailer comes around and takes out a family as in mashes them or kills them thats that for you 2000 miles from home.

    Trucking goes through people like battle going through shot up soldiers...
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  5. NavigatorWife

    NavigatorWife Road Train Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    Cental West, AL
    Team driving has it's challenges. As long as you and your dad can work together, winter is coming on and it would be nicer to have a skilled hand working with you as you get miles under your belt, and hopefully it will help him out a lot also. The worst thing about team driving, I think, would be sleeping in a bouncing truck, esp if you are a backseat driver to begin with.

    Husband is a lease operator at a main trucking company. I can't say that pay rates in all cases, have been that good. There are some loads that pay terrible, somewhere you hope it balances out. He usually stays out 2-3mo at a time, and takes about 5-7days off when he does come home. It will then take a couple of weeks to make up the lost pay, and the payments are still deducted.

    Good luck. You have a good plan for now that benefits you greatly, and helps your dad out too.
  6. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Those dang trailers just coming around and killing everybody.
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