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what is the life and pay of a truck driver?

serious answers please I am really thinking about taking classes.

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Hi ChristianTorres20! I've been a truck driver for 16 years. It can be a good living, but it can also wear you down. I have great days, horrible days, and everything in between. Overall, I do love the view from my "office windshield". It is a lifestyle that requires thick skin, common sense, patience like you couldn't imagine, self control, and some back straining work. Kuuipo is right...it's much more than just driving around... You have to secure loads, see that loads are properly loaded on your trailer, deal with shippers and receivers who seem hell bent on holding you up as long as they want, dispatchers and brokers who don't value you as a person, drivers in cars and other trucks who have no regard for anyone's safety. Hours of service regs that make little sense at all...and yet, I still enjoy it (hard to explain why). The one thing you must have is the ability to think quickly, react quicker, keep your cool...and NEVER let them see you sweat!! ;)
If you want any particular info or have more questions, let me know.

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That's what I was trying to say, lol.
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About the pay...don't let anyone fool ya...you work your "ask" off for every dime you make...and OTR drivers DO NOT average 75K a year. Entry level pay is around 40K.
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Your right about that quick thinking! Had I lagged off one extra second and not been checking my mirrors a few days ago in North Carolina...
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I remember...what a day that was!! You did good!
Don't forget Knoxville the other night...GEESH!!
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Thank you! I'll never forget how it takes just one instant for it all to change. And you did great in that complete white out in Tennessee! :)
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Wow, you guys are driving so close by me!!!
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One of my best friends is an OTR owner operator, he was telling me that he dumps a 100k a year on fuel, but he also makes pretty good money, almost 6 figures, he drives a show KW, always getting it washed at a 100 bucks a clip, I also used to own a trucking company myself, I had around 30 trucks, never do that again, temperamental drivers...(
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Nothing worse than temperamental drivers, huh? I'm sure you dealt with lots of em who left you shaking your head... One of my favorites is the idiot who doesn't keep tabs on the vehicle then throws a hissy fit when it breaks down.
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I thought about you kookie! It was hard being "within spitting distance" of so many people...and not knowing which car they might be in on the roadways!!
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The stories I could tell you, I've had the them run out of fuel 50 miles away from the yard, didn't check the gauges, you give him a report in the morning to fill out and they just walk outside and go behind the truck and fill it out and they don't check anything, it goes on and on...
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Truckie, he works for AGI, have you heard of it?
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sygma networks company is having classes set up to train ppl for class A cdl and I will get paid each week of classes
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@Christian...that is definitely a good way to get your training! Good luck with it...I look forward to sharing the highways with you in the near future. If you have any questions or need help with anything just let me know. I can provide you with an email address if you'd like.
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@kookie...I sure have heard of AGI
He definitely runs out of a different terminal than I did...Ashland was the only Kentucky store we covered...we did VA, WV, just inside TN, KY, and OH (from the Salem terminal) and we did Raleigh/Durham and points east. It was a great job with great pay...I still kick myself for leaving :(
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I'd be much appreciated!
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my bf use to do this and he made great money and loved bein on the road

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i know it has its ups and downs but it be nice to see what's out on the road and make good money
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he loved bein on the road and then in the end if over night and week traveling isnt for u there is always local where u can be home everynight! go for it!
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Also let me add this he said me him and our son could fit in the rest area of the truck and be comfortable so thats a plus for over night !
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thanks! :]
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Depends if you work for a good company or yourself (they used to call them gypsies). The guys I knew loved it. A real sense of freedom, some took wives along.

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Depends on what type of truck driver you're referring to...I have a friend who drives across the country and back every week. Have you looked into what the job entails? It's a lot more than just "driving around".

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I'll see if I can find her to answer your question. She's an Ask member too.
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On it, pal!
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Lmao...)
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thanks guys!
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It's different for every company. I'm pretty sure they pay by the mile and it increases as you become more experienced. Or you could buy your own truck and work for yourself. My Pappy was a truck driver for decades, so that's where I get my information.

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It depends on the type of truck you drive, the type of driving you do, experience, & who you work for. If you've got your own rig & know what you're doing you can make out quite well. Folks I know that are long haul truckers are bringing in 75 to 85K a year., down to local route drivers making 40k a year. if you're not married, no kids & don't mind never seeing home is when you can really rake it in

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thanks for the info!
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You're welcome. A lot of my friends lost jobs because of the economy, so the state paid a large part of their lob "re-training" The trucking industry is really strong, has been, & the future looks good. They've got wives & kids and worse--BIG mortgages. When you're paying $1700 a month on a mortgage, $10 an hour won't cut it. 1 of my buddies got trained & went over to Kuwait-starting pay = $150 K
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I give your friend props!
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I'd just take the $ and split. It kind of pissed a lot of us off that we had to protect convoys of trucks driven by folks making a heck of a lot more money than we were, but it was like that all over. In Bosnia we had to take care of the private security guards that made a lot more money, better food, better living conditions & we had to guard the guards. If you don't have a wife and kids, or don't mind not seeing the for a year the cash is there. A funny memory just came back to me, my good friend Pete went back over as a rent a cop (he had hooked up with 1 of the translators), he calls me 1 night drunk as a skunk. He wanted my opinion on whether or not he should buy a farm there--the fields were full of land mines. Anyway that's a had to be there deal
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wow you guys have awesome jobs didn't know there was more then just driving but I'm glad I'm finding out though!
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There are a couple of truckers on here regularly. If they don't answer now, you should try asking again.

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Lol we are on it!
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His life is full of adventures. Always on wheels but some times UNDER the wheels too. GOD SAVE ALL DRIVERS AND THEIR FAMILY. AAMMEEENNN.

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;) that's nice
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Wow. Thank you! That's very cool.
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If you are willing to drive 70-80 hours a week then that's a way to go. I'm a truck driver and I haul hazardous chemicals all over northern Cali an Oregon. It's a tough job but if you have the ability and of course a good driving record then you can accomplish it. Remember that starting off and getting you're CDL is only the beginning. You have to have road experience to get the real good paying jobs but it's a good time to get you're feet wet now. I've been driving a truck for 22 years now and I finally make the good money. It's been a long ride to the top but you can get there. Remember the saying: Without trucks America stops. I believe it's true. Believe also that truck drivers are needed more than ever. Anyone can get a commercial driver license but to keep you're record clean is totally another story. Go for it bro you won't regret it

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So...now I know where to find you!!! LOL
Keep the shiny side up neighbor!
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10-4 there my Lady. Super truckin in the bay area right now. Ok I'm lying 56 -57 tops. Haulin haz mat. What's you're 20?
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Well put !
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monte72...I laughed so hard!!! Super Truckin indeed!!! Spending the night in Little Rock...p/u in the am.
Happy Trails!!!
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Rest up girl. Maybe I'll see u out here on the road one day. Be safe out there
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this is all great info thank you!!!!!! I'll be sure to ask you guys for anything!
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Hey Christian you're welcome. Get at it while you're young man you won't be sorry. Like I said get a few years experience under your belt and you can move on up to better gigs. You'll be like George Jefferson man
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thank you again!
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my husband got to see the country and loved it. He gave it up because he has "daddies girls" and mama wasn't able to replace the daddy love they needed. He might go back to it when the girls are grown. If you have a family it affects them to. but we have no regrets :)

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When the girls are grown are you going to team up with him?
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I thought about it before. My problem is that I hate driving in places I don't know, but if he's there with me I think it would be different. :)
thank you for asking. I have so much respect for your line of work. You truck drivers have a thankless job. So on behalf of my husband and I we would like to thank you :)
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Awwww geez...now I'm blushing ;)
Thanks for your kind words!!
Honestly...you'd probably surprise yourself at how well you're able to navigate in new areas. With your husband beside you, you'd do great!
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thank you so much :)
may God bless you both
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well I'm not married and don't have kids. my girlfriend is going to college and I've always wanted to see what's out there. I've lived in a small town surrounded by corn fields all my life so I haven't seen a lot
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@Christian...I can't begin to describe the vast beauty and the sights to be seen traveling across this great country...you're gonna LOVE it!!
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i told my girlfriend last night about it and at first she didn't look to happy about it but she knows that I need a job and she wants what's best for me. I was about to just give up on the idea but she said to look into it more and to make sure to let her know I'm safe :] I really would love to see what's out there!
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My comment with my email got zapped...did you get it before they yanked it? If not I'll try again
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Christiantorres, I have been in your girlfriends shoes before. Have her comment back if she has any questions for someone who has been there done that. I was worried about my husband becoming a truck driver. I know how she feels.
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and thank you I'll let her know :]
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TL's got it! It really depends on what kind. If you're a local, the hours aren't too horrible. My uncle drives trucks everyday (weekdays) until around 7-8pm. I'm not sure what time he starts though. He drives around home in the area though, not out of state. Sometime's ya get free stuff... ;)

TL's the expert about real truck driving, going across the country! ;o

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That's right! And I get to ride shotgun with her through it all. I've learned more from her than all my trainers combined.
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FREE STUFF!!!! That is a big plus!!! I love hauling nuts and avacados..,YUM!!
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And taste test them, too. I mean...checking the temperature. Lol
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Lol! I don't know if my uncle's done food, but he's gotten free stuff before. He has a GIANT umbrella, pop-up gazebos...
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Oooooh!! You're making me so hungry!!
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Lol!
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Grilled Italian dressing marinated chicken is for dinner.... ;)
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You're killin me!!!!! I'm drooling... ;)
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I've been a long - haul driver for over 20 yea. It is a good living , but like everything else, there are some trade-offs involved. You miss out on a lot of things going on at home, especially if you have young children . On the plus side, you can usually take a passenger such as wife, girlfriend , child with you at least now and then. I have seen many wonderful sights and have been to all of the lower 48 states, made friends all over , still enjoy what I do , hope this is of help to you! Monte72really gave good input !

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it did thank you!
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My dad drove an over the road semi-truck for Krogers, he worked for them over 30 years, it's been some time ago, he passed away twenty years ago, but he loved it, and made a good living at it too!

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Must be lonely at the bottom of the answer list...)
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Not when I have fun friends like you!! Thanks John!!
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Holy Smokes!!! I drove for Kroger!!
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Truckie, really? My son-in-law drives a Kroger trailer now, not for Kroger, but a sub company that hauls their loads. He hauls to and from Bowling Green, KY everyday.
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Thanks Kookie :~)
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There you are John, hope you had a great day today!!
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star and fun... cookies
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First Fleet, Quickway, GreatWide??
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I'll text him and find out, it's Louisville based that much I do know. I'll get back to you shortly.
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Truckie, he works for AGI, have you heard of this company?
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Sure have!! We've probably shared a highway a few times!!
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