I recently received an email from a viewer of the YouTube Channel and he wanted my thoughts on companies only giving you 34 hours at home for a weekend. This makes for a tired Sunday and then you are right back to work. After a long week you really need more time off than that. I could not agree more.
Truck drivers already work way more hours than most other jobs and this does not help. I think the old way of OTR general freight has got to go. It should pay at least $100,000 a year and then I would still only recommend it for a few years. The good thing about this industry is there are plenty of other things to do. Have you every considered changing within your company to some type of dedicated run? This is where working for a large carrier is very helpful. They have many things to do. You get a regular schedule and know what your off time is. How about a logistics company like Black Horse or Penske Logisitics or Hogan? You would drive usually for one company and are on a regular run and home weekends or sometimes other days but way more than an OTR driver and make the same or more because you aren't living in the truck. Moving into something like that can take the stress off of your life. Ok, so you aren't gone 6 weeks at a time making $90000, you may make $65000-$70000 and home daily. If you have a family, how is this not better? I never have understood drivers leaving their kids at home for weeks when there are local jobs. It just doesn't seem right.
If you like the road, stay there. This driver was tired of being gone and needs a change. That was my suggestion. What is yours?
See you on the road!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.