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Old 08-12-2019, 05:01 PM
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Yes, or i’d be OTR like yesterday!
I couldn't do it. My brother was a bus driver for Arrow and spent a lot of time away from family, driving groups and tours all around the midwest.

How is the business? I was talking with a client last year who said it wasn't too good. Insurance costs, costs of the truck, new DOT requirements and other expenses were really cutting into his earnings. It wasn't as profitable as it had been a decade or more ago.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:29 PM
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I couldn't do it. My brother was a bus driver for Arrow and spent a lot of time away from family, driving groups and tours all around the midwest.

How is the business? I was talking with a client last year who said it wasn't too good. Insurance costs, costs of the truck, new DOT requirements and other expenses were really cutting into his earnings. It wasn't as profitable as it had been a decade or more ago.
Can make a lot as a hot shot driver. But they require 2-3 yrs OTR experience.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:53 PM
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Can make a lot as a hot shot driver. But they require 2-3 yrs OTR experience.

Walmart wants some decent experience but looks like they pay almost 6 figures.


Ive been filtering through the junk trying to find decent info on rates of pay. Local driving would be nice. I was away from my family so much in EMS...been there done that. Good thing is that my marriage is much stronger now than what it was. Just really appreciate yalls prayers. Ive been filling out applications like crazy. Even considering culinary school but trucking would have me making money faster which is what I need.


Just dealing with a lot of anxiety and pressure.
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Interesting article on truck driving and automation:

Truck drivers may be replaced by automated technology as early as 2027. According to the researchers, artificial intelligence could be maneuvering trucks on the road within the next decade.
"All jobs are being impacted by technological change - some more than others," said Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Development and author of Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need. "Driverless trucks are now used extensively in the mining industry and it's certain this technology will impact other parts of transport and distribution."
Estimates from the American Trucking Association suggest there are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States and the industry, as a whole, employs more than 8.7 million people. According to the Los Angeles Times, 1.7 million American truckers could be replaced by self-driving trucks over the next decade.

Trucking jobs are the most common jobs in 29 out of 50 states in the U.S., and there are millions of people working for the trucking industry in non-driving positions.
It's not such a far-fetched idea, as progress is being made in automating truck driving. Take self-driving truck company Otto, which was created by former Google employees and acquired by Uber last August. The company's system lets trucks drive for long stretches of time without needing a human driver. The technology was successfully tested in Colorado in October when a self-driving truck delivered 50,000 cans of Budweiser.

If perfected, autonomous trucks could offer heightened efficiency and safer roads; one in seven fatal truck accidents is caused by driver fatigue. For those currently in the trucking industry, it's not all bad news. How much of a threat self-driving trucks pose to drivers depend on the level of automation: if drivers are still required to be in trucks, then jobs are secure, MIT Technology Review reports.

Wyman says truck drivers need to be open to adapting to the changing landscape of their field. "They need to embrace change - it's happening so hoping it will go away is not an option," Wyman said. "Truck drivers should look for opportunities to refresh and reboot their current skill sets."

https://doft.com/blog/when-will-auto...-have-estimate
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:14 AM
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Earn about $70k/yr

https://www.crengland.com/
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:24 AM
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The father of my sis’ friend works or worked for them. He loved it. He ws making $70k 12 yrs ago.
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Earn about $70k/yr

https://www.crengland.com/
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:32 AM
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I considered going with PRIME. This guy is a trainer. This will give you an idea of what training is like OTR. Also, many training co’s require that you already have a class A driver’s permit.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCoCv0GreUFWmb7A3YDro8Kw
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:35 AM
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You do need at least 3 years of consistent work history, if I recall.
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