How Do OTR Drivers Manage To Stay In Good Health?

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Todd Holmes's Comment
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I ask because every now and then I see something on the TV news that truckers have health issues as obesity.

At least I don't smoke, drink or do dope.

Are those truck-stop gyms truly effective at keeping you people on the road in shape?

I am age 54. I have another 75 pounds to lose before getting back to work again. Doctors orders.

And yes, I am serious as a heart attack about taking up a trucking career in spite of what some people have been saying here.

I don't want to spend the rest of my life as a poor man. My plan is to put a hard long 5 to 10 years on the road full time to bread myself up, by a cheap new-construction 3-br house in Indiana then take a local job or retire.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Todd...my apology, I thought you DID not intend to get into this.

I’ll be 60 next year and maintain a healthy weight, BP, blood sugar and cholesterol by limiting calory intake, reduced carbs/simple sugar and walking 5 out of 7 days no less than 20 minutes per day.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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And yes, I am serious as a heart attack about taking up a trucking career in spite of what some people have been saying here.

I don't want to spend the rest of my life as a poor man. My plan is to put a hard long 5 to 10 years on the road full time to bread myself up, by a cheap new-construction 3-br house in Indiana then take a local job or retire.

What are you waiting for?

Todd Holmes's Comment
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G-Town, I'm starting to give this whole trucking thing a good, hard second thought now.

An elderly woman I knew for 33 years just passed away a week ago. She had money and property in opulent Marin County, California and I was told by one of her sons 18 years ago that I would be in her will in place of her older son whom she supposedly disinherited. She even told me I would be in her will herself 10 years ago.

Next month, I will be checking the probate court records to see if this was really true. One of her sons might be the executor of her estate and I don't want to question him about this personally.

Just in case this will business was all a lie, I will have to find another way to fill my bank account with cash for old age.

It's possible that trucking might be my last true hope for a nest egg before I get old and kick the bucket.

I had money when I was younger but made poor financial decisions that destroyed me.

Todd Holmes's Comment
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Todd...my apology, I thought you DID not intend to get into this.

I’ll be 60 next year and maintain a healthy weight, BP, blood sugar and cholesterol by limiting calory intake, reduced carbs/simple sugar and walking 5 out of 7 days no less than 20 minutes per day.

G-Town, what kind of pensions are available in the industry? How long do people usually work (driving, driving combined with other trucking-related positions) to get retirement pay? Do trucker pensions beat social security in pay?

Do you like 401K's? Other retirement plans?

Yes, G, these are serious questions to ask. Taking a driving job is an INVESTMENT in one's future.

Todd Holmes's Comment
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And yes, I am serious as a heart attack about taking up a trucking career in spite of what some people have been saying here.

I don't want to spend the rest of my life as a poor man. My plan is to put a hard long 5 to 10 years on the road full time to bread myself up, by a cheap new-construction 3-br house in Indiana then take a local job or retire.

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What are you waiting for?

Weight loss: rehabilitation. About 75 pounds to come off is the wait.

My doctors say my chronic fatigue and arthritis pain is aggravated by obesity.

I am living on disability pay now.

G-Town's Comment
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Most carriers offer 401k programs with some level of matching.

Pensions? None that I know of...

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Weight loss: rehabilitation. About 75 pounds to come off is the wait.

My doctors say my chronic fatigue and arthritis pain is aggravated by obesity.

I am living on disability pay now.

I'm at least 50 pounds overweight, according to the weight charts, 75, though I weighed that much 30 years ago and looked like a skeleton.

I hurt everywhere, every day, for the last 25 years minimum, have gout, an arthritic toe that doesn't bend and has a giant bone lump on it (broke it when I was 10, that has hurt with every step since), broke both bones in my leg at the ankle a year ago, and am extremely out of shape. I have either sciatica or something currently that makes it hard to sleep. But as long as I can pass the company physical, I'll do what I have done all my life, work and ignore the pain. I went through USMC boot camp 7 years after I broke that toe, running 3 miles every other day, marching miles every day, etc.

If you really want to do this, just do it. No apologies to Nike.

Todd Holmes's Comment
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Most carriers offer 401k programs with some level of matching.

Pensions? None that I know of...

Matching funds...so every dollar I put into 401, I get back two.

My grandfather got a union pension from Operating Engineers. He put in 15 years as a hard hat on heavy equipment and retired in 1973.

Old School's Comment
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Todd, I don't know where you've been keeping yourself, but pensions are a financial tool that very few corporations are using anymore.

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