Driving Big Rigs though isn't all that bad of a job. Depending upon who you work for you can make a good pay. Also depends if you want to be over the road or local and if you have to unload or you don't have to. Over the road they usually pay you by the mile. Anywhere from .31 to .49 cents a mile and possibly stop pay which can be $8-$12 per stop. Law says you can only drive a max. of 11 hours a day and work a max of 14 hours a day. After that you have to stop for 10 hours. Usually that means sleeping in the truck at some truck stop. Taking showers at truck stops, eating at truck stops etc. Some are real good some I wouldn't let my dog wash up in. Me I gave up over the road a long time ago. I drive local. New England area. Usually I don't stay overnite. Once in a blue moon I have to. I work Mon - Fri. My work days usually starts around 3:30-4 a.m. can be 8-12 hours long. I'm salary so if I get delayed at stop or in traffic too bad. Today I lucked out. Left at 430 a.m. got back 930 a.m. Tomorrow will probably be the same. (eat your heart out Joe I went riding hehe). Being salary I got paid for the full day. Maybe Wed. I won't be lucky and be out 12-14 hours.
If you're driving local usually you're either salary or hourly. My old job I was hourly. $19.75 hr. time and half after 8 hours. I usually worked 4 days a week (Mon., Tues., Thur., Fri.) Avg.14-15 hour days. So with time and half the pay was good. Problem umm you had to unload the truck. After 20yrs back gave out. Destroyed one disk with potential for two more gone. End of career there. Lost good pay and benefits plus now 55 so who wants a beat up old dude. LOL Did the studio thing but didn't make it. Oh well I tried. Back to driving but easier stuff to deliver and most times customer unloads. Less money but shorter days easier on body.
Some love the life. Consider themselves the last american cowboys. It is nice not having a boss looking at you. Just remember over the road drivers aren't home much. Can be gone from 2 weeks to a couple months. Local drivers. More city driving and usually more unloading of the truck. Would I do it again? Probably.
Oh I looked at the game but didn't play it. Maybe cuz I'm in a truck all day. My truck though is a 2008 Volvo, $95,000 for the cab (company paid not me lol), I hold 198 gallons of diesel fuel. I fuel usually every other day. I don't like it to go below half. Last time I let it go to almost 1/4 and it was $450 to fill it up (company pays not me). I avg. 7.2 miles per gallon. Dash has an onboard computer that tells you everything even outside temp. Right now my truck has 33,575 miles on it. My avg. week is 1400-2000 miles. I choose to start early in the a.m. since I'll be home before supper every day. I also run by the book. I run legal. No faking my logs. More baby boomers are giving up the office and going over the road. Don't know why. ya the allure of the big rigs, the freedom of the road etc. Trust me it gets old quick. What can you make as a trucker?? umm $45,000-$80,000 yr. Depends who you work for etc. like any job. Lots of stress too. Getting into tight places and cars not stopping while you try and back in from a street.
After I backed in
Looking from where I had to back up to the street where I came from. Notice the smoke stack to the right. Mirror barely misses it. Driveway is not even either. On the street sidewalk to the left is a fire hydrant and either side of the building cars are parked.
Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Just thought you'd be interested in real world trucking.