WORLD OF THE TRUCK DRIVER.

Gives you reasons NOT to become a truck driver.

page updated September 12, 2013

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Here is a letter from a driver about his experience being a truck driver!



The list of reasons not to become a trucker goes on and on and then when you get older trucking gets harder and harder.   Sitting in the seat of that truck every day for 500 or 600 miles with out regular exercise makes you fat and your health becomes a factor just passing your DOT physical.



REASONS NOT TO BECOME A TRUCK DRIVER!
There are many letters such as this one explaining about difficulties being a truck driver

A Truck Driver wrote this response explaining difficulties!

World of the Truck Driver is about how to become a Truck Driver.

WORLD OF THE TRUCK DRIVER.

Gives you reasons NOT to become a truck driver.

page updated September 15, 2013

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Here is a letter from a driver about his experience being a truck driver!



The list of reasons not to become a trucker goes on and on and then when you get older trucking gets harder and harder.   Sitting in the seat of that truck every day for 500 or 600 miles with out regular exercise makes you fat and your health becomes a factor just passing your DOT physical.



REASONS NOT TO BECOME A TRUCK DRIVER!
There are many letters such as this one explaining about difficulties being a truck driver

A Truck Driver wrote this response explaining difficulties!

    ----- Original Message ----- > From: Nene > To: dlower@centurylink.net > Sent: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 06:44:33 -0400 (EDT) > Subject: Truck Driver > >

    Hello, > >

    I read your blog about 'some reasons to not become a truck driver' > >

    And have to say you are right in so many aspects. > > I'd like to tell you a bit about my experience so far. I got my Class A license back in October of 2012 and struggled so much to find a job because no companies would hire a recent truck school graduate, insurance is a big issue but I think it's a scam. How are you supposed to have 2 years experience if nobody will give you a chance? It just never made sense to me. > > Anyway, I finally got a local job in January with an independent company. No benefits, no nothing but I was glad i got an opportunity to get the experience I need. > > The Job is where one of my cousins works, driving 58ft' tractor-trailer. > It's for a recycling company, it was okay at first being new and somewhat excited but as time went on, I gradually starting feeling the real life effects of being a trucker. This month(June) I just feel like I can't do this anymore. I'm on duty for 14 hrs and go home everyday burnt out and just eat, shower, sleep, then go back to work and do it all over again Monday-Saturday. Truck driving is stressful, I'm a very calm person always have been. But when this field doesn't allow you any leisure time, > It's saddening. It's pretty hard on me because I have a gf and she understands that the first year of being a trucker is tough but at times I feel bad because we don't see each other as often nor do things like we usually would. I'm sure she gets somewhat down. I miss a lot of family events as well. Like my fathers retirement surprise party. My boss wouldn't give the day off not let me go home early. Of I had just not gone or left early I knew I would be fired, I couldn't afford that because I'm a rookie and need this valuable experience. > > The real reason I got into trucking was to make enough money to go and do what has been my life long dream of becoming an Airline Pilot. I need to make $ for my flight training which is really expensive and thought I'd give trucking a shot and see what it was like. > > All I can say from my few months experience that this just isn't for me. I'm 24 and am almost done getting my Bachelors degree but took some time off school to work, get experience driving, and save up for my dream. > I know I spent like $2,500 getting my Class A and well, if you're not happy doing something that pays somewhat well (like it does for my job) then just stop. Money isn't happiness nor is doing something you just can't take anymore. In life we all must make sacrifices but I literally feel so burnt out and exhausted everyday from truck driving, I think today may be my last day. Probably look for work else where. > Maybe as a Bank Teller, I'm not sure I just need something different. I am going to talk to my boss before I start work and tell him that this is going to be my last day as a commercial truck driver. > > Live and learn is what happened to me but that's part of life. > > Overall, You have a great blog/post > And I wish I had found it months ago before I got into this trucking field. I will show anyone I know, who wants to become a truck driver your blog. Not to discourage them but just so they can read it and really think about if they want to become truck drivers. > You hit the nail on the head with what you said and the questions you left for one to answer for themselves. > > I'd appreciative any reply, you don't have to, just saying :) > > Best, > > A****** >

    On Jun 28, 2013, at 8:16, DICK wrote:

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    Hello, > > Sometimes the means don't fit the end! That is to say it is not worth the price of giving up your life energy to something that is not productive or even useful to you. I know what companies do and it irks me. > > Thanks for writing to me and for visiting World of the Truck Driver. You can achieve what you want or at least enjoy the venture of getting there. You do something you don't like when it is necessary to just get along. > > Happy trails to you where ever life's journey takes you.. > > Dick Lower > webmaster & owner > www.worldoftruckdriver.com > > __________________________________________

    (Driver's reply) > > Sent from my iPhone

    Hello and Thank you for the response. As well as input. There needs to be a change in the trucking industry, it's tough.  I've now gone through it sparsely and know what it is like to a certain extent.   I will continue working hard to achieve my dream.

    Thanks once again.

    Sent from my iPhone


    Companies still EXPLOIT DRIVERS!

If a company wished to keep their drivers they would promote ways to bring drivers back home more often.  They could slip-seat loads and in that way bring a driver right back home.   There has been so many ways to keep the drivers wages at a minimum that the industry has created a standard means to keep the pay low.

First of all the idea that you must get trained before you can be paid full wage!   It used to be that for the first 30 days a driver was on trial,  however after that all drivers receive top pay of what ever company they were working for.  The new guy drives the same trucks or type of equipment,  takes the same risk, puts up with everyone else just like the older driver.   Granted older drivers will get pick of runs and etc.

I hope you are getting the idea of what a company driver is.   If you are a I/O then your world changes and it gets even more difficult.    Now you got that equipment to maintain and even pay for plus the up keep of all your permits,   authority and plates.

After you have viewed this list and you still want to become a truck driver, at least you have some insight what you are getting into.
HAPPY TRAILS

It was suggested that someplace here should be explained the benefits of a truck driver.    The first benefit is a job!   Then you want to make some money!    From here on it all depends what kind of trucking job you are looking for,  local,  state,  over the road and long haul jobs like from Shakey to the Big Apple.  (California/New York City)  Main thing is to keep your family happy and you will be happy.

Send me your thought! mail to:

Dick Lower--Truck Driver-Bus Driver-Limo Driver

oldtimers_1@yahoo.com 

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