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Truck Drivers and the “Recession”

Feb
8,
2008
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I want to start out by saying that this whole so called recession thing is getting slightly on my nerves. Do you think, that just possibly, it could be a little bit of election propaganda set up by our trusted media? You know, the people we depend on for the “news”, like ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, just to name a few.

I am a believer in thinking that if you start to believe in something, you can make it happen. Now, that can go for both GOOD and BAD.  If we start believing that there really is a recession, what do you think we will start doing? Well, the first thing is, we will stop spending money.  What do you think that will do to the economy?  Now, I’m not saying we should go out and spend money like a bunch of drunken sailors, but to totally put the brakes on normal everyday spending can put a drastic impact on our economy.  ( That would be quite impressive for election day, right?)

Well, “what does all that have to do with Truck Drivers?” you are thinking. First, no matter what kind of “recession” we are in, there will ALWAYS be trucks and freight. Period. The American economy might as well just fold up and die if trucking ever came to a halt. That one’s a “no brainer”. So, if you are in trucking right now, ( and loving it) you are in a good position,  no matter what the economy looks like.  Sure, with more competition and low freight costs, you could feel somewhat of a slow-down, but trucking and freight will always continue.

This brings me to my next topic. Lately, I have been getting much more e-mail from people looking into trucking OUT of FEAR.  It seems that they want to get into trucking  as a career change because they feel they may lose their job ( you know, this “recession” we’re having).  I want to address this to those of you who fit this category.

Let me say that trucking is not for everybody. I have written quite a few articles describing the kind of life you will lead as a trucker.  There are many people who absolutely love their trucking career, but I will tell you that there are almost as many who hate it, and find themselves “stuck” in the career because of a decision they made years ago, soley based on the security of having a “job”.  You must realize that this is not a 9-5 life,  holidays with the family, visiting the grand kids, and so forth. It is a life of driving and destinations, one after the other.  Even the local trucking jobs which I discuss in my book are not without sacrifice. Although many of them boast of 50-80 thousand per year salaries ( which is true, I may add) they also include 10-12 hour days with physical labor involved.  If you’re not in shape, these jobs are not for you. You must be realistic when you are looking at Trucking as a career, whether it be OTR trucking or working for a trucking company locally.  Make your decision wisely and with much thought, because not only will you spend time and money on training, but you will be spending many years behind the wheel of that Freightliner ( my personal favorite).

I’m not trying to discourage anyone from being in the trucking industry, but rather encourage them to research and investigate if this type of career would match their personality.  It’s what you need to do with ANY career choice. For example:  You wouldn’t be a first grade teacher if you couldn’t stand being around small children all day, right? And you certainly would not want to work on skyscrapers if you had a fear of heights.  It’s the same thing with trucking.  So don’t let FEAR of not having a job,  be your only motive for a trucking career.  However, if you do decide that  trucking is a lifelstyle that will fit your personality and desires, then welcome aboard!

Aubrey “Allen” Smith

 Original Author of “The Truth About Trucking”

© 2008, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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8 Responses to Truck Drivers and the “Recession”. - Post a Comment

  1. sam gray

    Well said:

    At CR England, in Utah, about half the ‘students’ were
    people left unemployed by the housing crash. As one fellow told me, I love being a carpenter, it got me out of trucking but now I have to return. So he signed the dotted line and was in debt up to his ears for 3 yrs, and as an ‘owner-operator’ with England, all he was
    really getting was riding the road and increasing his problems. He could have moved to Seattle where there is plenty of carpenter work, they’re having a boom!

    You are so very right! Keep hammering the message.
    And thank you for speaking up. Seven day weeks, 14 grs a day gets to be a grind within months.

  2. admin

    Thank you Sam for your input.
    Trucking can be a great career for some, but not when it’s chosen out of “Fear” or “Desperation”.

    Allen

  3. Terry Hodges

    Allen:

    Trucking will slow as the recession deepens. I’ve decided to go into nursing instead.

    I am not “afraid” of losing my job/career, that train has left the station, and at 61 years of age it is not likely that I will be able to re-enter. I was a service technician in a “luxury” (private aircraft) market that has all but dried up due to the current recession in this particular sector of the U.S. economy, which really started about seven years ago. Think I am crazy?

    Nevermind ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC. You might think the information you get from these networks is free, but it is not. It costs billions of dollars daily for these spiders to weave their webs. And who pays for it? Their sponsors, of course. So, for whom do these propaganda giants groom their slant on economic news? Commerce (the sponsors) wants you to think everything is fine with the economy so that you will continue spending and going into debt. I suggest if you want to counter the commercial slant on the state of the economy try PBS or even CSPAN. For true Consumer Price Index (CPI), Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Federal Deficit, and Employment/Unemployment data (as opposed to the blatant lies you get on the nightly news) try http://www.shadowstats.com/. Also, you might want to subscribe to Agora Financial’s “5-minute Forecast” at http://www.agorafinancial.com/5MinForecast/5MinForecast_050807.html (for example).

    One Tired Old Mechanic

  4. Philip Boepple

    I read your first article on “Trucking and the ressecion”. I loved it and I give you much thanks for all the revealation about the realities concerning “news” and election time and also about the howswhys that should truly be involved when deciding whether to take on trucking as a career or not. Thank you very much for this truly helpful infomation. It is people like you who help God to bless America and make this rocking world go round. Good day. Philip Boepple

  5. Philip Boepple

    I read the first article “trucking and the recession” and I loved it. I thank you very much for the revealing statements you made involving the politics of recession during election times and the beleiving in it can make it happen whether good or bad. People should really know these things. Only evil people with greedy evil interests would not want people to know these things. And I thank you very much for placing these vital pieces of information on the public internet. I also want to thank you for the information on the “hows and whys” of choosing trucking or not, and not to take on trucking only because of fear of recession. It is people like you who are a God-send to the american working folks and make this rocking nation roll. God bless you! Philip Boepple

  6. admin

    Hi Terry,
    Yes, as the article states, there of course will be some kind of slow-down, that is a given, but trucking and freight will always go on….those dedicated drivers will just have to ride it out, like others in different professions will have to ride it out. Thanks for your input and advice….I will check it out.

  7. admin

    Thanks Philip,
    It’s not all about “selling.” We try to give the right advice and guidance to those considering a career in trucking. Even with local jobs, 14 hour days, 5-6 days per week, can be tough on those not knowing what to expect!

  8. Randy G.

    Having first started driving a semi in 1979, and being in and out of trucking until now (01-04-09), I can see this article being written early last year…

    However, since then, the big three auto giants had to beg congress for loans, unemplyment here in wisconsin is at 9%, and the truck company that I worked for was just bought out by another truck company from chicago…The first day of the new ownership, the new company laid off 10 drivers…they came up with some lame excuse for doing so…So here I am at 55 without a driving job, and some trucking companies like ABF have closed down thier terminals in Janesville, and others like the merger of Yellow, and Roadway are laying off drivers…So you see, just because we are truckers, doesn’t guarentee a job…The recession is trully here, (witnessed that first hand from the customers that were on my route not shipping as much as they did, and actually laying of employee’s) and ect…Even if you do everything right, you can still be laid off, as in my case….

    I will try to get back into trucking, but right now alot of drivers are being laid off..so it will be harder…

    But great article.

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