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.
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".
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.
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
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
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 :)
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
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 !