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Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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I'm quitting trucking

I'm writing this to help those that are considering trucking. Don't start. Find something else to do. I finished my first year of trucking this month and you're treated like ****. Always fighting to get paid properly. You only get paid to move freight so all that time spent waiting on loads, being routed in to terminals where they detain you till some dumb ass thing is done by corporate, getting lost, dealing with terminals that look that are disgusting pits, scaling your rig to get the weights legal, DOT inspections, , loads getting canceled on you, getting your 60 day inspections on the truck and the maintenance, fixing the broken ass trailers you pick up, getting papers signed and driving around finding where the hell there's an empty, putting chains on, and the list goes on way more than this! ALL unpaid. The sacrifices of being away from home and your family is huge. And the money isn't there, it sucks. In my first year I averaged $1000/week running as a team driver. The benefits suck. I'm going back to my Office job where I work 40 hours/week, get nice benefits, home every night for hours, home 2 consecutive days a week and I don't mean that bull**** of telling me I'll be home for 2 days but it's only 38 hours which is what the trucking companies do to you. And I make more money in the office job. I only did this job because I wasn't able to relocate and find a job in my current field. Companies have enough local candidates that they wouldn't talk to me. But I've moved now and I'll go back to the office. I love it when companies tell you they can do such-n-such like its a big deal and I tell them it's pathetic and did way better in the office. If you've got a college degree don't start. My teammate was some guy from Hati and for him this was the best thing ever! Well of course it is, when you have nothing and nothing to compare this too.

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