When you started driving there were 1/2 the trucks on the road, twice as much parking and the pay went twice as far. You could learn to keep 2 log books and drive whenever you needed.
Youve been driving for 80 years so yeah you got it figured out. Its your generation that let the trucking industry go to ####. "If you need an electronic device" blah blah blah. What planet are you from?
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No,Our generation DID NOT allow this- We got into this Biz to make a career out of it-With High standards and Wearing our hearts on our sleeve.
What Caused this? Megas pumping in people with no direction in life, Not having 100% heart bto be a pro driver....hence the casualties you millennials cause- Not all of you- But its enough to catch the eyes of the FMCSA.
Plus all the Immigrants coming here working and destroying rates we built over time......
Oh,By the way- Truck traffic has TRIPLED since I started......Imagine that huh?
I don't have anything against any race- But If you come here and become a citizen- DO NOT STEP ON OUR TOES.......Which is happening day in and day out.
Like I say- If I tried going to Macedonia or wherever and competed with those people..They'd send me packing in a heartbeat...Dont Fool with me, I Know How it goes- Better Life here, And we are over-congested, Rates are pitiful in the Freight side and you guys are winning the fight.
The dream of having pockets full of cash, and a girl in every town is all but gone. Used to be men of the world. Now we are mostly seen as fat stinking slobs. 3 out of 4 women I tell Im a truck driver and they instinctively recoil with disgust.
Maybe I should move to WV. They seem to act like you told them your a Doctor or some #### there hahaha.Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
I have no problem with you, sir, except you kind of have a small view of the world. If you want to be in a place where you won't have competition from everyone all over the world then get a specialized degree! TRUCKING AIN'T IT! Oh, what I say is only partly true. Your doctor is probably an Indian-American (from India, not Native American).
If Asians (not 'orientals') didn't fix all the problems with cars by designing a better one, we'd be driving Pintos that have parts fall off and blow with every fender bender.
I could go on. Stop blaming other cultures! They aren't the problem. All human, all equal.
You can't stop progress, can't stop humans reproducing. Who exactly is stepping on your toes?
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Whenever possible, start your clock about 2:00 am. That way you are pulling into a truck stop when there are lots of parking spots available at the end of your shift. Another advantage is you are rolling in the wee hours through metro areas early in your shift. Another advantage is when you need to take a 30 minute break you can easily find a wide open parking spot WITHOUT tying up a fuel island.
I typically break a "nothing to do but drive" day into three stops. The first stop is about three hours after starting. On that stop I plan for where I take my 30. My next stop after the 30 is long enough to plan where I take my 10.
I take another stop after the 30 to REALLY plan for where I will shut down for the night. I use Truckers Path, Google Maps, and my Rand McNally to figure that out.
As others have noted you take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. I find hidey holes, Wal-Mart's, etc with Google Maps. I keep body wipes in the truck if I know I won't be able to shower.
There is always somewhere to park. The trick is to find it.
What I get out of these kind of threads is that the old saying that trucking is not for sissies, does not hold true anymore.
There are many reasons to turn to trucking, the bold hard truth is even as easy as it is now days, I mean heck, you don't even have to pick up a pen and turn a page in a log book anymore, you don't have to look at a map, nor learn to follow directions, TRUCKING has never been for everybody.
I have been at it a good part of the time, since the 70's, don't know what I did with all that money I made back then, heck I never even knew I got rich to start with.
The fact is, unless you are in upper management in some pretty good gig, driving is about as good of a job money wise, and much better than a lot of salaried management types.
It all depends on what a guy wants out of life and everybody expects or wants something different, it seems like the last few years more and more folks want it right now, but it was never like that, at least in my time.
I will say this, if a guy is ambitious, and puts the effort in, he can make a decent living in a truck, make that a good living.
If you want more, that can be done too, but not doing the exact thing 99% of other drivers are doing, look at the hard to do trucking jobs that most do not want anything to do with.
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