FMCSA Publishes Proposed HOS Rule Changes

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Shannon, most of our experienced drivers here in the forum are making more than $75,000/year and have great benefits. They're making a great living.

That being said, there are a lot of drivers in this industry who really don't have what it takes to thrive in trucking and no amount of money will improve their work ethic, their motivation, their skill set, or their professionalism. Paying them more will not change the biggest challenges they face which are the demands this job puts on you. The long hours, the erratic sleep schedule, the risk, the pressure, and the time spent away from home and family. It's a very difficult way to make a living, but it's also very rewarding both financially and personally.

I think truck drivers make a fantastic living, especially the top tier drivers who really have what it takes to make it in this industry.

If you don't feel that $75,000 is a fair salary for this job then I guess trucking really isn't worth it to you. I can understand that. In fact, I wrote an article a while back where I lay out some of the pros and cons of this career:

Is Trucking Worth It Anymore?

To me, trucking was well worth it because I loved the job and the lifestyle. To others, it's a nightmare. It depends on your personality and your life goals.

The one thing I will not go along with is an underperformer who says, "Pay me more and I'll do a better job." You should always give it your best at anything you do. If someone is going to pay you to do a job then do it to the best of your ability. If you don't feel it's worth it then move on and find something else.

Slackers always have a million excuses. The pay is just one of many. The reality is they'll still be slackers no matter how well you pay them.

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