Should I become a trucker?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by TimmyC, Mar 30, 2023.

  1. TimmyC

    TimmyC Bobtail Member

    Mar 30, 2023
    38 years old and tired of working in government public service. People are more crazy and difficult than ever. I'm looking for a 40 hour a week job where I have less dealings with the public. I would also like to move somewhere slightly less populated.

    How much can I make driving a truck around PA? How profitable is starting your own company? Are dump trucks as profitable as semi trucks to drive?

    Is it true that a CDL is found at fault if a collision occurs and the other driver was clearly the cause?
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  3. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    Sounds like you’re at the DMV or something ?

    mid you already have a few years built up towards your retirement pension , I’d stay with the govt and just transfer to a job with little or no public interface .

    the guy driving the snowplow or the guy running the excavator for the highway dept
  4. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    40 hrs/week and truck driving don't really match.
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Few if any trucking jobs require ONLY 40 hours of work per week. 50-70 hours per week is very common. I retired from trucking because I got tired of everyone outside of the truck treating me like a diseased stray dog and lying to/about me so they could make their life easier. You can live anywhere but you cannot work anywhere. if you don't live where you work then you have to find the time to commute from where you live to where you work. Freight is not evenly distributed across the country. The freight is made an delivered mostly where the population lives.

    Tanker work is probably the easiest type of trucking, if you have experience, and the customers treat you much better than dry van, reefer. I don't know about flatbed customers.

    It would be foolish to buy a truck and "be your own boss" as an owner-operator until you have worked as aW-2 company driver for 1-3 years. About 80-90% of first year truck drivers leave the industry before they get 12 months experience. Just learning the job, as a company driver, is a full-time task. The difference between someone paying the full expenses of operating a commercial truck/trailer and being successful or going out of business is a lot of small decisions. You can't just read a book about playing poker and become successful. You need to do the job as driver, learn the smart tactics to make a profit, and THEN become and owner-operator.
  6. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2013
    Dayton, OH
    Most of those crazy and difficult people drive cars on the highway, and you will be surrounded by them daily.

    Just sayin'........
  7. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    You won't find any of the things you are looking for in trucking.
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Don't become an owner-operator until you have a few years experience being a company driver. With no experience just the insurance cost is enough to buy a new house.
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Lawyers always jump on the CDL driver because they're seen as having deep pockets full of cash. Don't have to worry about that as a company driver.
    Move to South Dakota, Texas, Nevada for rural area living away from the crowds and also those 3 states don't have state income taxes.
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  10. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Road Train Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Wapwallopen, Pa
    Unless he works the dock at YRC in Dorrance PA.
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  11. Born2win

    Born2win Bobtail Member

    Aug 28, 2022
    40 hour work week?? Good luck
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