Wondering if I should pursue trucking

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lisa9, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Automatic transmission trucks get getter fuel mileage.
    Stick shifts are practical for specialty trucks, such as heavy haul.
    Most companies are getting rid of stick shift trucks.
     
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  3. Lisa9

    Lisa9 Light Load Member

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    Thanks so much, Just passing by!! Nice to hear from you. That is so cool you drive a truck like that. You're brave lol! I'll keep perusing the chats on here, ty!
     
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  4. Lisa9

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    Thanks for the info, Dennixx.
     
  5. Lisa9

    Lisa9 Light Load Member

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    Ahh, ok. Thanks for clarifying that, Chinatown.
     
  6. jon69

    jon69 Medium Load Member

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    If you enjoy living in a 6 by 6 cubicle with no heat or running water and be treated like a dog- that is worse than a dog all the time; working for less than a McDonalds worker, sure by all means go into trucking.

    In my opinion its one of the worst industries to get into right now. Hands down.
     
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  7. Just passing by

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    Just a little inspiration for you. Glenwood Springs, CO, last week or so. And I am absolutely not mechanically inclined myself.

    :)
     
  8. Lisa9

    Lisa9 Light Load Member

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    What a beauty!! That is definitely inspiring! Thank you kindly, Just passing by!!
     
  9. Lisa9

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    Yikes. Sorry that your company doesn't value its drivers, jon69. Have you driven for more than one company? How long have you been driving? I've heard many truckers end up segueing into becoming owner-operators. Maybe you could try that?

    The cabs don't have heat/AC? Do rest stops not have showers? Do you ever stay at a motel?

    I've read that the pay rates vary, but overall it's ~ $850/wk. Is that not true?
     
  10. Lisa9

    Lisa9 Light Load Member

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    Do some companies not have terminals, jon69? One of the links about CFI says they have 4 across the U.S.
     
  11. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Most smaller companies dont have "terminals" all across the country... They may have one or 2 yards and a shop, usually where they are based out of.

    My company doesnt have terminals, we have 1 yard that has the office and shop. No facilities for the driver at the yard other than bathrooms during office hours. But it is a small company of about 70 trucks. I run from the Rockies to the Midwest every week and average about 3700 miles every 8 to 10 days (thats including 1 to 3 days home between every trip).

    Anither reason many companies are switch to automatic transmissions is that it is much easier to find and/or train driver to drive an automatic. Many people these days cant drive a manual car... And a manual truck does not shift like a manual car, it is much more complicated. Some smaller companies still believe the old adage, "If you cant shift a Rig proficiently, you probably should drive one." So learning to drive a manual would Definetally be a good thing... But Definetally not required.
     
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