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Trucking: Is it For You?


Lets just pretend for a moment, the trucking industry is perfect, all companies treat their employees wonderfully, all truck driving schools are reasonably priced and give top notch education, and everyone gets sick time and Holiday pay.(You will really have to use your imagination, but just do it).

The thought of being free on the open road, not having a boss on your back, seeing new places all the time. AHHH, what a life.

Now Time For a Little Reality

You wanted the Truth, Right?

Now, you’re out on the road, you’re driving to meet an appointment. You’ve had to really rush to meet your dead line, but YOU MADE IT. You’re all ready to get going again and get some more “real good” miles for the week. But wait, the next load doesn’t deliver for 2 days and the destination is only 350 miles away. That’s only 175 miles/day…..or about $75.00/day. So you wait and hope your next load is a better one.

It is, but the problem is you have to go 600 miles and deliver the next morning. Guess who’s not sleeping tonight? Oh, and remember you were suppose to be home this weekend? Well, you’re not. The load that was suppose to deliver on Saturday AM, won’t be able to accept until Monday early. You’re now out all weekend sitting, alone, and not being paid. ( Remember, you get paid by the mile).

You end up with 2000 miles for the week and gross about $800.00. (That’s $0.40/mile) Take out taxes, insurance, cash advance for OTR living expenses, etc..and you end up with about $500.00. You’re still out there away from home and you now have to do it all over again.

Okay, remember how you were pretending that the trucking industry was wonderful? Well, add to the above the fact that you owe $5000.00 for cdl school training, (which comes out of that check). And how about the fact that you rushed and drove so hard to make that appointment? Did you notice that you went over on your logs? Yup, that’s a fine from DOT if they catch you! That comes out of the check too. By the way, if you say anything about it to the company you work for, you’ll hear something like, “if you knew you were going to go over, you shouldn’t have accepted the load”. The company now issues you a safety warning also. Remember, it is always the driver’s fault!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. This is reality. Let’s sum it all up: You’ve spent thousands on your CDL. You’ve tried to be a good employee and get to your apointments on time. You’ve gone over on your logs, got a fine from DOT, a company safety warning, and did not go home for the weekend. Still sound good?

Decision Time Everybody

Here is the truth. Some people love trucking. They’ve gone to the best schools without spending thousands, they work for a good company that really cares (in my book I give my opinion on the best OTR company out there). Some don’t care that they’re out for weeks at a time, away from family and friends. For these people, trucking is Heaven. They love it, and even though they could be making more money at a 9-5 job, they wouldn’t give it up for anything.

However, if you are planning on “a life”, a structured home on most weekends, exact salary every week to plan on bills, and being with your friends and loved ones, then trucking could be hell for you. It’s just not happening in OTR life. There are other options in trucking though that do pay very well. You can learn about these options in the e-book, The Truth About Trucking.

So there you have it . . . Trucking . . . Heaven or Hell? Want more details? You need to read the Truth About Trucking.

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By: Allen Smith

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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