I'm looking to join the workforce and would like to be prepared.
What should I be expecting?
What are the worst parts of the job?
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No matter what you're looking for, it's out there. No matter what you're looking to avoid, it's out there too.
Driven, inc. Love the name! You should expect to to be 1000s of miles away from everyone you know. Does that appeal to you? It does me.
I have been talking to myself lately. Just keeping it real here. I tell myself that I’m ####ty at parking when I cannot get it the first time. You might talk to yourself too.Tall Mike Thanks this.
- It's not as easy as it looks
- It's NOT for anybody and everybody.
- Initially, money after expenses can be miserable. Even as you gain experience, there's lots of other skills and trades that can offer better earnings potential with the same experience level
- It's a dangerous occupation, one of the deadliest
- It's not as fun and exciting as some think it is
- it's not a "Full time paid vacation"
- There will be days/nights in the beginning you assume the fetal position and wish you had listened to your mom and dad when they said "stay in school, get a good degree, and make something of yourself"
- OTR will be hard on relationships with significant other and family. 48 OTR is a lifestyle, for better or for worse. Local and regional, maybe not so much.
Driving at night.
Never getting home when you want to be home.
Driving in snow with other idiots that cannot drive in snow with blowing winds.
Driving 40 mph in a construction zone posted at 65 mph because....because....because some beginner is afraid of barrels and cones in construction zones.
You don't have a life outside of eating, sleeping, driving, driving, driving, then waiting for a load, waiting, waiting, waiting. ........
These are in no particular order:
1. The four to five hours of sleep you get if you work local.
2. The frustration of taking three days to pass someone in a similarly governed truck.
3. Mandatory 30 minute break.
4. The issues with the Elog system, and Elogs in general.
5. The lack of consideration by other drivers nowadays.
6. People making decisions for the industry that can barely spell “truck”.
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