posted on Aug, 3 2019 @ 07:48 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
That twiddling of the thumbs is the primary reason I stopped driving. Every company I drove for found out quickly that I was the guy who would deliver
the load on time, every time, no matter what, when another driver dropped the ball. So guess who wound up sitting just in case a load became
Drivers are paid by the mile. When I get the last 100 miles of a 1500 mile load because the guy who messed up (and got 14 times the pay I did) wasn't
dependable, it's just not worth it. At the best, I could pull in $800-$900 a week net, but that included running loose-leaf logs (aka running
"outlaw"), being away from home 90% of the time, dealing with DOT regulations, state regulations/laws, shipper/receiver regulations, which are usually
at odds with each other, bad directions (a 40-ton, 13'-6" high vehicle cannot fit where your Toyota can), wasted time because someone in a warehouse
thinks I have all day, the high cost of living on the road (semis don't get to stop by whatever store they want), and fighting some of the most
idiotic traffic I can imagine. Then computerized logs became the norm and that was it... if I can't make a living at it, I'm not going to do it.
There was a day when truck drivers were both respected and well-paid. That day is long gone. Today, watch out for that big truck, because for all you
know the guy driving it is doing so because he can't hold any other job. A few of the good drivers are left, but they're becoming rarer every day.
And if you ever see the word "Swift" on the truck... give it a wide, wide berth!