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Bryan E.'s Comment
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4 prior DUIs ranging from 1997 to 2006. Sober since 2008. Have to enroll in school yet. I have one for sure job offer but terminal is 4 hours away and little hometown.

But something awesome may be opening up! Company one hour away has a driving academy where you commit one year I will pay very little toward tuition. Offers a regional route 5 days out, 2 days home time, or OTR 11-14 days out, 3 days home time. 35 com starting with 1 to 3 cpm quarterly bonus. 800 guaranteed pay a week. I make 29k a year now. I'm thrilled.

But one thing that kinda got me discouraged it'll cost me 200 bucks a week for the insurance for a family plan with an 8000 deductible. OUCH! Being I'm so poor now I get free medical through government so now I have a chance to up my income over 10 grand a year I'll pay 10 grand a year premium, and we haven't even used the insurance yet. They make it so hard to better yourself. The system is designed to make it easier to stay poor.

I'm encouraged by this offer I think I am about to get. Discouraged on the insurance rates. Surely it's not that high with all companies? Do I take a job making 10 grand more a year to pay 10 grand more in insurance. The system is designed to keep a man down:((

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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If they will hire you jump at it. At 35 cpm you only need about 2800 miles per week to gross $1000. After a year or two with them, more opportunities will open up for you. You are alowed to shop around and see if you can get a better deal on insurance on your own.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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This is the gross pay for my past week. It can be done.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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The system is designed to keep a man down

The system is designed to allow those who are ambitious, determined, and capable of making smart decisions to succeed. You're asking if you should take a job that's going to move you forward in life or if you should just stay where you're at. You don't sound at all to me like the type that's ambitious or determined. You had 4 DUI's in a 10 year period so you also haven't been making smart decisions.

I applaud you on being sober for so many years now. That's a great start. Now you have to ask yourself what kind of a person you would really like to be. Are you really capable of nothing more than being a poor man who likes to cry the blues and blame others for their failures, or are you ready to step up, take responsibility for everything about yourself and your life, and make a great life for you and your family?

You had better have the right attitude and the right approach before you enter trucking or it's going to spit you out quickly. You have to be fiercely determined, ambitious, and crafty to succeed at this. The learning curve is steep, the change of lifestyle is drastic, and people often underestimate how difficult it is to succeed in this business. In fact, very few people manage to make it very far. Only a tiny percentage make it to the one year mark in this career. Most drop out long before that.

We'll support you 100% every step of the way if you're ready to step up your game and make this happen. But no one can do it for you. Drop the "poor me" thing and steel yourself for a tough road ahead. Here's a super inspiring video I came across a few years ago and I've watched it dozens of times at this point. Really listen close to the story he tells. You'll love it:

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Steve L.'s Comment
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Don’t let “the system” dictate your station in life. Take the steps necessary to better your life, which it sounds like you’ve started. Eventually there will be changes in “the system” and you’ll be better prepared to move on. But, if you wait for everything to be perfect, you’ll never get off the porch.

😎

Bryan E.'s Comment
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Hey friend,

You said what you said in such a way it really spoke to me. You gave me some tough love but yet assured me you guys would stand with me. Thank you. It's what I needed to hear.

I was surprised at the insurance rates but even then so far this company is what I need to get going in this career. Once I learn the trade I should have no problem making some decent cash. It will take sacrifices. It will take determination. But it will be worth it.

There will be a career change. Trucking is not the only thing I'm looking at as their maybe other doors opening up, but it is what I am leaning on. With a background like mine and with a company that will put me through the academy for basically free (I may have a little out of pocket but not a whole lot) this would be an awesome blessing. If they don't take me then I gotta search harder for some other company but if this one does, I think i may go through their academy and give them a year, maybe even more.

Upon thinking of my complaining before I do have the whole thing in perspective. I may not have things quite my way for a few years, but in time I'll make some decent moneu.

I'm leaning on going our rather than regional. More miles.

I really like this forum.

Thanks guys.

Bryan

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The system is designed to keep a man down

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The system is designed to allow those who are ambitious, determined, and capable of making smart decisions to succeed. You're asking if you should take a job that's going to move you forward in life or if you should just stay where you're at. You don't sound at all to me like the type that's ambitious or determined. You had 4 DUI's in a 10 year period so you also haven't been making smart decisions.

I applaud you on being sober for so many years now. That's a great start. Now you have to ask yourself what kind of a person you would really like to be. Are you really capable of nothing more than being a poor man who likes to cry the blues and blame others for their failures, or are you ready to step up, take responsibility for everything about yourself and your life, and make a great life for you and your family?

You had better have the right attitude and the right approach before you enter trucking or it's going to spit you out quickly. You have to be fiercely determined, ambitious, and crafty to succeed at this. The learning curve is steep, the change of lifestyle is drastic, and people often underestimate how difficult it is to succeed in this business. In fact, very few people manage to make it very far. Only a tiny percentage make it to the one year mark in this career. Most drop out long before that.

We'll support you 100% every step of the way if you're ready to step up your game and make this happen. But no one can do it for you. Drop the "poor me" thing and steel yourself for a tough road ahead. Here's a super inspiring video I came across a few years ago and I've watched it dozens of times at this point. Really listen close to the story he tells. You'll love it:

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Chuck 's Comment
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My dad always told me growing up that there is no such thing as a free lunch. A man has to make his way through hard work and determination if he wants something bad enough. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, if it were then everyone would do it. I am also looking into the trucking industry for a new career path, as I am tired of the 9-5 kind of racket. I have a good job right now but I want more out of life than I feel that I am getting and want more adventure instead of the same ol' same old. I like the idea of part of being a trucker is in some ways being your own boss while you are on the road and it's up to you how much you earn and how hard you work. Good luck with this Job opportunity and do not waste it if it happens. Right now will help to determine how the next 1-5 years for you can be.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big T's Comment
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Another thing to think about is yeah medical may be more expensive, but is it better? My wife and kids had free medical, but now we have a platinum plan with much better access and programs. Am I paying more? Sure. Is it an increased value? I'd say so. Not all value can be found in the paycheck.

Bryan E.'s Comment
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I can deal with that. And before you know it it'll even be more for the same miles. Even the 8-900 a week is quite a bit more than what i make in my current job. I really think truck driving is where it's at.

This is the gross pay for my past week. It can be done.

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