Is It Still Worth It To Become A Trucker?

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Mikey B.'s Comment
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I thought about going into OTR trucking a while back, say 2017 or so. Not really sure if it's right for me. I thought the supply chain was backed up with the ships not coming into the ports? Why the transition to automatic these days? I guess it's less stressful that way?

Don't really plan on getting married with this Chinese virus going around. Sorry if that offends anyone on here.

I don't see how your chosing not to get married would be offensive.?.

The transition to automatic is for safety and insurance reasons mostly. It is much cheaper to insure an auto than a stick...because its safer.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
tripletdad's Comment
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I think it's a great career, or second career like it was for me. I only wish I'd skipped college and done this years ago.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I think it's a great career, or second career like it was for me. I only wish I'd skipped college and done this years ago.

So does my dude....the Tom fat dude in the pic !!! Got RIF'D from IT (Switchman and OPStech2....) and tried his hand at nursing; got as far as STNA and hates schooling and books. The 'clients' loved him, however . . . too much. He got attached at the Sr. Living Homes.....and was often...sad.

Comeuppance, 2003 >> Went BACK to CDLA'ing . . . and here we are! Sure should've skipped all THAT hoopla! Eh?!?!?

Glad to see ya around, 3x dad.. hope the kiddos are well! Didn't know you left Millis; just hoping all is well w/KLLM, and yeah... DON'T leanto the lease ... they're 'cool like that!'

Miss ya, pal.

~ Anne ~

ps: Go OSU! (C'mON, Browns!!!!)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PJ's Comment
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The transition to automatic is for safety and insurance reasons mostly. It is much cheaper to insure an auto than a stick...because its safer.

Mikey not sure where you got that info as far as cheaper. My insurance is based on the value of the trucks not the way they are equipped. I have an auto in a newer truck and a manual in a 3 yr older truck. Most large carriers running auto’s are self insured anyway. I would love to see the data so I could argue my rates.

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