How Has The YouTube Generation Changed Trucking???

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Steven G.'s Comment
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How has the YouTube generation changed trucking??? Some positives, but my opinion it has brought more problems then solutions.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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how has the YouTube generation changed trucking??? Some postive but my opinion it has brought more problems then solutions..

Whiney crying babies now have a following. Lol there are a few I agreed with until I got to driving. Then I'm like darn...I'm more of a man than these babies. Having a channel does not make one an authority on anything.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Whiney crying babies now have a following

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omg you ain't kidding! Wow. Yeah, people have entire new platforms for complaining, blaming, and criticizing.

The answer is that the YouTube generation hasn't changed trucking, and neither did any of the previous generations for the past 30+ years. It's hardly any different at all today than it was three decades ago. You have some drivers with electronic logbooks now, better technology for navigation, communication, and asset tracking, and a few of the logbook rules have changed. That's about it.

Turn off a driver's GPS and electronic logbook, remove the 14 hour rule, and insert "JB Hunt" as the target in today's "Swift" jokes on the CB and you're pretty much back to the way things were in the 80's or 90's.

My take has always been that trucking hasn't changed in so long that we're going to teach people how to thrive in today's industry exactly the way it is. I don't try to be an activist or encourage people to get all bent out of shape about any of it. It has its good points, it has room for improvement, but in the end there's plenty of opportunity to make great money and have a great life in this industry.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Too bad the cpm hasn't really changed since the 90s either, lol

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Too bad the cpm hasn't really changed since the 90s either, lol

Yeah, unfortunately that's pretty much true also. If I remember right I started at like 33 cpm on my first day solo in '93 and was bumped up to 36 cpm after 3 months or something like that. Not much different than most companies today when you consider a quarter of a century has passed.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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That is 1cpm more than I started. And I just went up to 33 cpm at my 6 month mark

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Bill F.'s Comment
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I assign the same level of importance to a YouTube dancing cat video, as I do to a YouTube "supposed trucker" video. Actually the cats usually rate higher...

Ryan R.'s Comment
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Man, 36 cents in 1993 is 61 cents today when accounting for inflation. That's like effectively being paid 170% more than today? Depressing.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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On the flip side, there is plenty to be learned from these YouTube truckers. Allie Knight was instrumental to me in continuing my journey in trucking and she's done some excellent teaching videos, like her backing video with a drone.

Instead of putting down the whiny truckers out there, how about we LEARN from them? Learn how to NOT make their mistakes, and use their experiences to teach us how to be the drivers that every dispatcher wants on their boards!

Negativity is so rampant out here. There are so many people putting other people down instead of helping each other out, the way it should be done

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
BQ 's Comment
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That is 1cpm more than I started. And I just went up to 33 cpm at my 6 month mark

Damn, I started at 46cpm, currently at 47, 52 when in North East

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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