Why Are You A Current/former Trucker?

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Brian's Comment
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I figured since I'm studying again tonight, I wanted a little break and some information on this great bunch!

Why are you currently a trucker? And if you retired from driving, why?

I'm interested to see what everyone has to say! I am not a trucker yet but it's in my blood so I'm excited for the future.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'm retired after 15 years out there simply because I felt I had gotten everything I could out of trucking. It was time to go in a different direction.

As great as life on the road was for me you still give up a lot at the same time. I was raised in a small town and I love the small town life. I wanted to raise some animals and have some land out in the middle of nowhere and a nice little house - basically all of the things you give up living on the road.

I loved my years on the road though. I was 21 when I started trucking. I have never been married, and I don't have any children, so I just lived on the road most of those years and just loved it. It was a priceless experience. There's nothing like it.

In fact, I wrote a book about it called Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving. That link is to the free online version of the book. Anyone interested in learning about life on the road and reading some of my crazy stories will enjoy it.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Starcar's Comment
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I drove team with my husband for from 1-97 to last 6-2012, and 1-2013 we sold our truck. It was a great experience, and I wouldn't trade those years...as hard as they were being an O/ O..for anything. Looking back, I wish we had opted for driving team for a company..we would still have all our savings !! But thats life...Why have I stepped out of trucks ?? After a new hip, and a new knee, crawling in and out of a truck, up and down off of flatbed loads, and sitting for 11 hours a day has gotten painful. So I have chosen to take my hard won experience and bestow it on the new breed of truckers who come here. I hope I can help to bring about a group of truckers who take pride in their job, their truck, and their lifestyle.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D.'s Comment
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I drove team with my husband for from 1-97 to last 6-2012, and 1-2013 we sold our truck. It was a great experience, and I wouldn't trade those years...as hard as they were being an O/ O..for anything. Looking back, I wish we had opted for driving team for a company..we would still have all our savings !! But thats life...Why have I stepped out of trucks ?? After a new hip, and a new knee, crawling in and out of a truck, up and down off of flatbed loads, and sitting for 11 hours a day has gotten painful. So I have chosen to take my hard won experience and bestow it on the new breed of truckers who come here. I hope I can help to bring about a group of truckers who take pride in their job, their truck, and their lifestyle.

Thank you for being there Starcar, its very comforting to know we have a rock like you and ALL the other Moderators here to ask for help when needed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brian's Comment
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Thanks Brett and Starcar!

I definitely loved the 90's riding with my father in his Peterbilt. That truck was the coolest and my favorite moments were always going to Sysco in Phoenix. I am now going into truck driving after deciding my current career is not making me happy and no growth. I may have graduated with a college degree but that job and lifestyle is not what I want. I'm looking forward to the next stage!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I loving driving because its an awesome life. I get paid to see the country and feed our great nation. I/We take a lot of pride in being a foundation for the economy.

The job has challenges and the bad times. But its an awesome lifestyle and very rewarding. I used to be in customer service and solitude is exactly what I craved. Being my own boss is also a huge bonus. I am a current driver because its the only job for me. I love this job and never been happier in my life. Its a struggle learning the ropes, but damn it feels good to accomplish something you never thought you would be able to do.

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