How Hard Would It Be To Study Web Development/programming While Driving A Truck?

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Vincent S.'s Comment
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So I've been pretty miserable at my job where I make 50-55K for a while now. Been working for this company for a total of about 15 years now, and have really gone about as far as I can with them. I was researching options for making a career move without going to college, and web development stuck out. I've been studying that and making my own sites for about a year now. The problem I'm having is that a lot of these "entry level" jobs want a ridiculous amount of experience, or they want to pay 14-15 an hour. So here I am, completely miserable at this "dead end" job, with no decent option to escape anytime soon.

Enter truck driving. I can leave my miserable job right away and (hopefully) make about the same 50K a year to start if I apply myself. I actually think I might enjoy trucking more than Web Development anyways. I'm not really sure why I didn't think of this before now, actually.

I'd like to keep the option to get more experience building websites open, just as a back up plan. Maybe if I get tired of trucking, by that point in time I'll be able to shoot for the more senior positions in web development. I'm worried about the long hours, though. How realistic is it to be working enough hours driving a truck to make a decent income, and be studying at the same time? Is it realistic to think I might be able to set aside 1-2 hours a day to study?

Right now I'm working 40-60 hours weeks(mainly 40) so I am able to put aside quite a bit of time to study. From what I understand, making a decent income in trucking generally involves 70 hour weeks? I'm worried I might be too burnt out to study if I am working those kind of hours. Has anyone here successfully been able to study in your down time? How hard was it to pull off?

TLDR; maybe I am worrying too much and just need to jump in to trucking since I'm not currently happy lol Who knows, maybe I could build some cool trucking apps!

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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First, you will be exhausted as a new driver. Even an experienced driver has days of "im.gonna sleep 12 hours". Do NOT rely on having time for the web.

Second, you need to put all of your effort into driving if that is your choice. there is no room to give it half an effort. that could kill someone.

Do trucking 110% or dont do it.

Vincent S.'s Comment
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Thanks Rainy, that confirms my assumption, so at least now I know what to expect and can safely hang up any plans to continue studying that, so I can shift focus over to trucking. I still think I'm going to move forward with trucking, even though it's not going to leave room for studying anything else. Since I started seriously thinking about doing it, every time I see a truck on the road, or think about it, I get excited. I don't feel that way with web development. With the Web development it just seemed like a way out of my current career without having to get a college degree. Another job I'm not really interested in doing that had better benefits... Trucking seems like something I will actually enjoy.

Mike D.'s Comment
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I was thinking the same thing too Vincent. I was hoping to learn options trading as a side gig and was planning on researching and trading in any spare time allowed but agree with Rainey that all concentration should completely be on the task at hand and learning be a professional driver first

Benjamin D.'s Comment
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First, you will be exhausted as a new driver. Even an experienced driver has days of "im.gonna sleep 12 hours". Do NOT rely on having time for the web.

Second, you need to put all of your effort into driving if that is your choice. there is no room to give it half an effort. that could kill someone.

Do trucking 110% or dont do it.

Thanks Rainy, that confirms my assumption, so at least now I know what to expect and can safely hang up any plans to continue studying that, so I can shift focus over to trucking. I still think I'm going to move forward with trucking, even though it's not going to leave room for studying anything else. Since I started seriously thinking about doing it, every time I see a truck on the road, or think about it, I get excited. I don't feel that way with web development. With the Web development it just seemed like a way out of my current career without having to get a college degree. Another job I'm not really interested in doing that had better benefits... Trucking seems like something I will actually enjoy.

I've thought about this question also - when I pictured one aspect of trucking, I pictured lots of downtime at the loading docks = plenty of time to study. I was wrong - looks like!

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