State College, PA
Rookie Solo Driver
I trained with, and drove for Maverick. OTR hauling glass for 12 weeks. Good company, but I moved on. I was easily on-track for $50K the first year. Again, nothing wrong with Maverick, from what I hear they are at least above average if not one of the better companies, but this wasn't making enough $$ for the responsibility.
IMO, trucking is an enigma, and though I have very little experience compared to most, I feel I saw enough in 12 weeks to understand what seasoned truckers have seen and live with every day. I drove solo coast-to-coast twice, up to Canada, up and down the Eastern seaboard, Jersey, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and other points in between. I got to experience securement of 45,000 lb loads of glass sheet over one good hot summer. Loved darn near every minute of the work.
So what's the enigma of trucking? Simple: if you look at everything that is happening on the highway, in town, at the docks and yards, and truck-stops, truckers bear an enormous responsibility. It's tough to even describe the weight of these risks and responsibilities.......yet, the pay and job security 'are what they are'. In my opinion, Drivers definitely deserve to be shown far, far more respect where it counts.......in the paycheck!
Thanks Brett and all the contributors to the site! You definitely got a huge thumbs up from me when I took the learners permit to CDL school.
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