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Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? #4699826
03/19/18 03:07 PM
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Was reading an article about the huge shortage of drivers. Many companies even pay for the training. My son in law needs a decent paying job that doesn't require college or a huge learning curve. Any truckers out there? Thoughts?


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699858
03/19/18 03:23 PM
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Soon to replaced by self driving trucks.


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699864
03/19/18 03:27 PM
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When I was young I had a roommate who was a truck driver. Over the road. Seemed like a hard life. Gone all the time, truck stops, no real personal life. Great for me though, he paid half the rent and was rarely there!


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699865
03/19/18 03:27 PM
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I'm a semi mechanic at UPS. I have talked to truck drivers. The trucking companies cutthroat each other leaving very little profit to be made which trickles down to paying drivers squat. If there was ever one occupation that needs to be union, it is truck driving.
There are lots of truck drivers in the dry van sector working as indentured servants. Many of them are white males that come from Eastern Europe.
They work for no name companies, get paid very little, get home very little and have a depressing life. Swift, Schneider and all the other
newbie mills compete against that. There are good paying trucking jobs, they require you to have a good DAC record and time under your belt.
Many trucking companies even cheat you out of some of your Social Security and pay under a per diem scam.


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699873
03/19/18 03:31 PM
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This is your home away from home with no pot to pee in:



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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699892
03/19/18 03:50 PM
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I'd suggest a city or county maintenance job instead.


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699895
03/19/18 03:54 PM
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1st year is difficult, you'll get all the loser stops and routes.


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: Donald] #4699903
03/19/18 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Soon to replaced by self driving trucks.


Well....I think we will need to wait to see what the out come is in Tempe......

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/technology/uber-driverless-fatality.html


It will have to proven technology beyond a doubt-with how big/heavy semis are.

Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699907
03/19/18 04:08 PM
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I'm going to put this out there but I know nothing of his family situation: Oilfield (gas field?) trucking in Pennsylvania or Ohio. Might be a bit too far from home but I know in the oilfields of Alberta, it pays more than long haul trucking. The warning is that it is an up and down business, depending on the price of natural gas.




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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699909
03/19/18 04:15 PM
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You want to to drive for a company that needs a truck to deliver their goods. Beer,soda,trusses ect. You don't want over the road. Low pay and many long hours


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699921
03/19/18 04:26 PM
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i know 2 guys here in Michigan who do it .. one a gravel train and the other a Heavy haul like machinery .... they both do well as far as what i can see?


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: Donald] #4699929
03/19/18 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Soon to replaced by self driving trucks.


My take on the whole self driving thing is that it will be 10 to 20 yrs before you see it a lot. As a software engineer I know, there's still a lot of bugs to work out.


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699935
03/19/18 04:43 PM
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Soon to replaced by self driving trucks.


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: ZZman] #4699977
03/19/18 05:30 PM
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I know this is off topic from your question, but I'd recommend getting an education at a respectable trade school. Lots of opportunities available for careers that can't be performed by computers or by someone in a foreign country. If my kids decide against the college route, they will go to a good trade school and learn a skill. IMO, that increases their probability of landing a job that won't leave them working paycheck to paycheck.

Just my .02


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Re: Truck Driving as a profession. Thoughts? [Re: Donald] #4699979
03/19/18 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Soon to replaced by self driving trucks.
DENSO


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