Is Over-the-road Driving In 2020 As Bad As This Man In The Video Makes It Out To Be?

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Howard B.'s Comment
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Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-09nC0zIFsE

The Realities of Being a Truck Driver in 2020 - Is It Still Worth It?

I was curious to see what trucking is like now in this new year and in this new decade. It is the 20's again 100 years later. I hope it will be "The Roaring 20's" for drivers!

The guy in the video says OTR isn't the big money anymore, supposedly.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Howard, we are really glad to have you in here. I have noticed that many of your questions seem to arise from your anxiety concerning actually pulling the trigger on this career. You are exposing yourself to a lot of garbage on the internet. You can never get good advice or information on your career from people who are failing at that samw career. You've got to Stop The Fear And Doubt And Focus On Your Own Success.

Where are you at in the process of starting your new trucking career? We can help you and advise you along your way. We love this job and we're making good money at it. This is a great career for the right people. You don't need to be concerning yourself with whether truck drivers in general can make money at this. You need to determine if You've Got What It Takes To Be A Successful Trucker. That's going to be pivotal to your success.

Some people fail at trucking while others excel at it. Some make good money at trucking while others compare it to slavery. Trucking is still a vibrant and fulfilling career for hundreds of thousands of individuals. Seek out those who have made it into a successful career and learn from them. You'll profit nothing from listening to the complaining whining never do well types on YouTube and similar platforms that are designed to garner attention as opposed to actually sharing something of value with you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bullitt_VW's Comment
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That youtuber is a retired Owner/Operator from Canada. So his point of views are more from that part of trucking. Not overall, like company driving.

Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-09nC0zIFsE

The Realities of Being a Truck Driver in 2020 - Is It Still Worth It?

I was curious to see what trucking is like now in this new year and in this new decade. It is the 20's again 100 years later. I hope it will be "The Roaring 20's" for drivers!

The guy in the video says OTR isn't the big money anymore, supposedly.

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.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Hey Bullitt, if your still on fence about getting into this career, take the ride along G-Town offered and you should know by the end of day if its right for you or not. I did, and it squashed 99% of my anxiety. I knew by lunchtime this career would be right up my alley. I am moving forward with my decision to start a trucking career. Hope to be in Company training sometime in March.

I posted a brief diary about the day in the general category titled Ride Along with G-Town diary if you want to check it out.

Also, I would suggest staying away from other sites and youtube, theres a lot of negativity out there. You can trust the information and advice your given here

Delco Dave's Comment
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Sorry, last part of previous post (other sites/youtube) was meant for Howard

Howard B.'s Comment
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Howard, we are really glad to have you in here. I have noticed that many of your questions seem to arise from your anxiety concerning actually pulling the trigger on this career. You are exposing yourself to a lot of garbage on the internet. You can never get good advice or information on your career from people who are failing at that samw career. You've got to Stop The Fear And Doubt And Focus On Your Own Success.

Where are you at in the process of starting your new trucking career? We can help you and advise you along your way. We love this job and we're making good money at it. This is a great career for the right people. You don't need to be concerning yourself with whether truck drivers in general can make money at this. You need to determine if You've Got What It Takes To Be A Successful Trucker. That's going to be pivotal to your success.

Some people fail at trucking while others excel at it. Some make good money at trucking while others compare it to slavery. Trucking is still a vibrant and fulfilling career for hundreds of thousands of individuals. Seek out those who have made it into a successful career and learn from them. You'll profit nothing from listening to the complaining whining never do well types on YouTube and similar platforms that are designed to garner attention as opposed to actually sharing something of value with you.

Sir, thank you. Glad to have found this wonderful site! I've read both those links to your post. Here's my simple conclusion about driving from what I know so far: YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK. You make it or break it in this game yourself and not by the company you work for nor the people you work around. You are the captain of your own fate. I don't really have any anxiety or apprehension about it. I've heard this thousands of times before and will probably keep hearing it again: "trucking is not for everybody". However, "truck driver" is the single most popular vocation in the US.

About 3.5 million people are employed in the American truck driving workforce. It's not for everybody, just like being a soldier, barber, baker, farmer, doctor, cowboy, fighter pilot, monk or a policeman is not for the masses, but "somebody" has to do this noble and vital service or I will starve to death: no rolling trucks, no food at the supermarket! More Americans drive rigs for a living than work in any other single field. The gypsy life must be popular for a good reason or two. Autonomous vehicles will probably not be implemented seriously within our lifetimes and the guy in that video has a point about job security in this business.

As far as a new trucking career goes, I'm just studying up it some and thinking it over. I'll be sure too keep everybody posted should I make the move to go for it and ask questions along the way should I stumble. God bless you all and God bless America.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Delco Dave suggests...

Hey Bullitt, if your still on fence about getting into this career, take the ride along G-Town offered and you should know by the end of day if its right for you or not. I did, and it squashed 99% of my anxiety. I knew by lunchtime this career would be right up my alley. I am moving forward with my decision to start a trucking career. Hope to be in Company training sometime in March.

I posted a brief diary about the day in the general category titled Ride Along with G-Town diary if you want to check it out.

Also, I would suggest staying away from other sites and youtube, theres a lot of negativity out there. You can trust the information and advice your given here

Bullitt is definitely going to ride with me before end of this month. We’ll make it a point to snap some photos.

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