Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 543 times:
Not a trucker, but an uncle was (until he got an accident which cost him the use of his legs).
hours are long, sometimes very long. There are limits to the number of hours you may drive per day, but that just means more time sitting in highway carparks or dozin in the cab while your partner drives.
pay is low, especially for independent truckers. Those in employ usually have union wages, independents pick up the scraps and competition is fierce. Even for union wages, they aren't all that high (about what you'd expect for what is just above unskilled labour).
After a while it gets boring, unless something dangerous happens. My uncle drove to the middle east a lot, sitting at border crossing with guntoting Arabs inspecting your truck for pork and porn isn't funny. Neither are pisspoor weather at night with the inherent large risk of accidents.
Expect to drive the same route a lot. After the first few times you've seen it all, and you almost never have time to see more than the highway and reststops anyway. Come everywhere, see nothing.
He drove all over Europe. Often away 5-6 days a week, on the road. No proper hotels (too expensive). Sleep on a truckstop in the truck, eat in the truckstop and hope they have a clean toilet and shower.
AirNova From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 78 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 495 times:
I live in Canada and my Dad drives a truck. He usually does long trips such as Texas and Cali. In my opinion it doesn't seem to be that bad. You get to see a lot of places, realize how dangerously other people drive, improve your own driving skills, and most of all the pay is very good.
About the pay, in Canada if you want to make the big bucks on the trucks you have to be an independent driver with your own truck. All you have to do is get contracts through a trucking company. Otherwise the only way to go is to work on a company's truck but the pay would be MUCH lower.
I guess the only bad thing about being a truck driver is the long time you're away from home. ie: my dad left to California last Saturday and is coming back tomorrow.
Boeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 486 times:
Its a good job to fall back on as well. I have my AZ license, though I only drive for my friend when he needs a driver for his company. I can be a great too to have if times are hard. I think its fun driving trucks.... Well sometimes it is. I for one love the Kenworth T2000 with the Eaton-Fuller 18 Speed manual Transaxle. Must have a Cat engine though. Word of the wise, don't use the clutch, once you have passed your road test, it just gets in the way.