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Old 03-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Anybody here a truck driver?

M wondering about this career the pros and cons and such.

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:38 AM   #2
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One of my best friends did it...he liked it overall, but quit right after he finished training in order to focus on finalizing his divorce and never went back into it. He said it's not like you imagine it being though...a lot of people think they'll get to do tons of sight seeing. He said the only sight seeing you really do is you get really familiar with a variety of interstates and truck stops...you drive up and down a lot of mountains, sometimes see the ocean, and drive through a lot of deserts. That was bout it. And you live on caffeine and energy drinks.

Another one of my best friends did it for 10+ years...his opinion, "Don't even consider it. The money was okay, but it wasn't worth it."

Oh and something to keep in mind...when you have a CDL, it's a FEDERAL license. So even when driving your personal vehicle, if you were to have a beer at the bar and don't blow over the standard BAC in most states (.08)...you can be charged with DUI and lose your CDL. I don't remember what the BAC restriction is for a CDL. It's low though...like .01 or .04 or something. One beer will put you over if you hadn't been sitting around letting your body process it. There's other laws to that are a lot more strict for CDL holders but I don't know them...I don't have a CDL.

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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My Dad is. Has been since before I was born and I'm 32... Tried to give it up and do something else back about 10 years ago, but he wasn't really finding anything that gave him enough satisfaction. He's now an owner operator for CSX and was Safety Driver of the Year. If you don't have a family, or have a family that understands about you being gone (Most drivers start over the road and SOME weekends home) try it...
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:13 AM   #4
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read this,, trucking is not for every one, as stated above, bac is .01... there is a lot of good to trucking, but i was unfortunate and could not find it. The nightmare
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:23 PM   #5
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Federally for CDL (CMV) license, a BAC level of 0.04% is considered a major violation. All states must adhere to this level for a CDL operator. I have never checked into individual state statutes, but some states may enforce a lower limit of say 0.01% BAC level. A 0.01% BAC level may be the company's own policy. More than likely, it is a level enforced by a company's insurance provider.

I would have to actually work through the Widmark equations for approximate alcohol levels for an individual. But from memory, for a male, empty stomach and drinking in a 1 hr time period; a 100 lb male would have a BAC level of 0.04%. A 180 lb male would have a BAC of 0.02 %.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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Federally for CDL (CMV) license, a BAC level of 0.04% is considered a major violation. All states must adhere to this level for a CDL operator. I have never checked into individual state statutes, but some states may enforce a lower limit of say 0.01% BAC level. A 0.01% BAC level may be the company's own policy. More than likely, it is a level enforced by a company's insurance provider.

I would have to actually work through the Widmark equations for approximate alcohol levels for an individual. But from memory, 1 "drink" (1- 4% beer, 1-5oz glass of wine or 1-1oz shot of 80 proof whiskey), for a male, on an empty stomach and drinking in a 1 hr time period; a 120 lb male would have a BAC level of 0.04%. A 200 lb male would have a BAC of 0.02 %.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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Lets put it simple its not for everyone. I have been in and around trucks all my life, not to minchin im a 3rd gen driver. If you are looking for glory or fortune you are looking in the wrong place. if you have a family or plan to do not do it. Being on the road is hard and lonely. You can take or leave my advice but please consider all I have said. I have been on the road going on 10 years. All the joy and heartache has lead me to realize I would perfer to be home.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:36 PM   #8
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Dont do it... 1st hand I was a truck driver and there is no money to be made in it unless you own your own rig... also you truck becomes your life... Its not for everyone.. I drove for Werner and TMC. TMC was good money but your never home enough to enjoy it..

Also DOT laws get worse by the day for drivers..
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I hear the bigger money for those who don't own their trucks is team driving...when you drive alone, you have strict policies to follow. Team drivers split the earnings, but the truck also rarely stops moving. I think a good team (2 people) can earn up to around $100k/yr if they're dedicated to their job and don't stop except when their logs say they must, and while delivering/picking up cargo.
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I hear the bigger money for those who don't own their trucks is team driving...when you drive alone, you have strict policies to follow. Team drivers split the earnings, but the truck also rarely stops moving. I think a good team (2 people) can earn up to around $100k/yr if they're dedicated to their job and don't stop except when their logs say they must, and while delivering/picking up cargo.
Tried it.. Team running is very inefficient.. Its nice when you get big miles but you rarely ever get them... i was teamed for a few months and never had over a 900 mile run.. and i only had about 2 of them.. and sleeping in a moving truck down right sucks,, especially when your team mate likes to leave the jake on all night..

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