Trucking industry starving for drivers

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by stacks, May 26, 2021.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Some people make good paychecks driving for Uber/Lyft. They do both at the same time.
    Taxi drivers in Las Vegas can make big paychecks if they know how to hustle and keep moving.
     
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  3. inandoutoftrouble

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    I know an individual who drives for Uber. He averages $1,200 a week working night & day. However, his car maintenance bills are quite high, especially with brakes & constant wheel alignments.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!

    The absolute sheer driving force of our national economy - without truck drivers, our entire national economy would come to an absolute standstill - if not outright be dead.
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    Over the mountains, through the woods, into the valleys, coast to coast, from sea to shining sea - truck drivers can and do go anywhere and everywhere, every day, every night, all year round.
     
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  4. Dockbumper

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    I get your point, but the VAST MAJORITY of homeless people in tent cities are suffering from mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, etc. Yes they need help, and I am all for helping those people. I have lost friends and family to all of the above. It is really a completely different discussion. The bottom line is that a $15 per hour job, or a $50 per hour job will not help that segment of society one bit. The world economy is in complete disarray right now due to the "pandemic". We are all in for a rough ride. I was a teenager in the mid 70's when inflation, astronomical interest rates and unemployment were the order of the day. I'm afraid the situation we are heading towards right now will make those days look like child's play. I hope I'm wrong.
     
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  5. FFL Trucker

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    I worked all over but mainly started in Houston, then moved out to Odessa/Midland and worked in the oilfields for a few years, left the area after companies started dropping wages.
     
  6. Redtwin

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    I'm not so sure about cheaper cost of living. Sure we have no state income tax, but home insurance is astronomical (hurricane central) and car insurance is not far behind. Nope, no winter heating bills, but air conditioning an entire house 11 months of the year isn't cheap.

    Property prices are another thing. A 2 bed, 2 bath 1200 sq/ft house I sold for $127K in 2003 is now market valued at $275k, and the neighborhood isn't the greatest.
     
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  7. SteveScott

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    Where I'm at in NorCal, a 2 bed 2 bath CONDO about 4 blocks from my house just sold for $950,000. Three years ago the same condo would have sold for $400k. The bubble will burst soon. If you're in a position to sell, do it while you can.
     
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  8. haz-matguru

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    Yea I hear the oilfield was the place to be from 2011-2016. But when it went bust in 2016 man o man the horror stories that I heard, whew!!! It amazes me how ppl don't save there money. And always think things will be sunshine and rainbows.
     
  9. inandoutoftrouble

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    Life has taught me to always put away for a rainy day, good times often end quicker than one can blink an eye.
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    In addition to saving for retirement over the years, I have anywhere from 6 months to a years worth of both rent & wages put aside, in case I either get laid off or terminated from my job.
    2) Also, I have rent paid in advance, usually 1 to 3 months in advance, really making sure to have a place to live.
    3) There is NO guarantee that one can get an unemployment check from the state unemployment office.
    4) Also, if I were to lose my job, I would relax 1 week the most. Afterwards, I would be doing some seriously aggressive job hunting, from early morning to late at night, BOTH on the computer & on foot.
    5) Providing all goes as planned, I HOPE to retire December 2022 from my current job. I will be very close to my full retirement age for Social Security, I.R.A., & other retirement income.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!

    The absolute sheer driving force of our national economy - without truck drivers, our entire national economy would come to an absolute standstill - if not outright be dead.
    [​IMG]
    Over the mountains, through the woods, into the valleys, coast to coast, from sea to shining sea - truck drivers can and do go anywhere and everywhere, every day, every night, all year round.
     
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  10. EEzt

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    Hyperinflation will just raise the prices of everything (goods & services) exponentially. You might get paid more, but you might not necessarily get to save more. It's a zero-sum game but the real losers will be the middle class and small businesses.
     
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