I Went Local, And I'm Not Sure If I'm Happy Anymore, Any Advice?

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Chris's Comment
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So, my significant other wanted me to try out a local job, so I applied and within a week I got an interview. Three weeks later I went in and got the job. Two week after that I started.

I have now worked here for three weeks, and I have missed the road for the last two weeks.

I switched from flatbedding to beer hauling, I am no stranger to hard work, but what is the point of being local when I get up at 4am and get off at 5 to 6pm only to go to sleep and basically be on the same schedule I was on the road. The only difference is now I get to have arguments before bed more often..

Not to mention my yearly income dropping from an average of $70k to 42k...

Anywho, the company I left, that I actually really liked gives drivers 30 days to come back with no orientation, just go through benefits and get a truck and get back to it.

What would you do what else would you look at?

millionmiler24's Comment
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So, my significant other wanted me to try out a local job, so I applied and within a week I got an interview. Three weeks later I went in and got the job. Two week after that I started.

I have now worked here for three weeks, and I have missed the road for the last two weeks.

I switched from flatbedding to beer hauling, I am no stranger to hard work, but what is the point of being local when I get up at 4am and get off at 5 to 6pm only to go to sleep and basically be on the same schedule I was on the road. The only difference is now I get to have arguments before bed more often..

Not to mention my yearly income dropping from an average of $70k to 42k...

Anywho, the company I left, that I actually really liked gives drivers 30 days to come back with no orientation, just go through benefits and get a truck and get back to it.

What would you do what else would you look at?

Go back to your previous job. You're feelings above answered your own question. ๐Ÿ˜

Old School's Comment
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Chris, we teach this stuff all the time. I know you've been in here long enough to have seen our comments about local jobs entailing long hours with just enough time to get home, shower, eat, and go to bed.

Personally I think you've got bigger issues than work related ones. I remember you posting about blasting your airborne at someone holding you up at a fuel island, as if that were the thing that any normal trucker would do. Here's the quote...

I did what any rational person would do, I yanked and held the airhorn until I embarrassed his stupid self.

You've also managed to keep your wife feeling considerable animosity toward you, and your attitude concerning that is pretty cavalier as evidenced by this statement...

I'm on the same schedule I was on the road. The only difference is now I get to have arguments before bed more often.

Yeah, you've got some things you need to change, but I don't think it's your job. Get your personal priorities straight, and probably whatever job you do will work out just fine.

Splitter's Comment
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The above reply is the Old School that I learned tons from. Looking at things from many angles that arenโ€™t apparent at first glance. Not even gonna touch the elephant memory of past posts of many members like Chris.

Chris, you can take that medicine & look inward or discard it & stay the course your presently traveling. Good luck ๐Ÿ‘

Rob T.'s Comment
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Chris you had to know going into it the long hours it was going to entail. Also, 42k for a physical job like that is extremely low in my opinion if your putting in the hours you say you are. If its a money issue look at foodservice (sysco, us foods, etc.) The work is more physical but you'll make more $$. In my first year with Performance Foods service/group (PFG) im on target to make close to $90k. That's working 60-65 hours a week, unloading on average close to 80,000 pounds of food per week.

Ultimately you need to decide whats more important for you and your family. Is it the money, time being home, being on the road. Perhaps looking into LTL would be a better fit for you. Getting on doing linehaul would allow you to drive a decent amount while still being home. A member here "bobcat" drives linehaul for ODFL out of Chicago and i believe he said he makes about 1200 a week, or 60k a year.

I dont know your particular situation but what works great for me and my family is not much is expected of me during the week. Im only home a couple hours before going to sleep, which i spend playing with my kids. My wife stays home with our children so on the weekends we always go out and do stuff as a family and make our time together count. Im also constantly encouraging my wife to get out of the house for a couple hours even if its just to go shopping. Unfortunately many people dont understand why you just want to sleep after working so much.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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