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[Vídeo] How I DITCHED Uber/Lyft to Drive a Truck!


RSG contributor Jon. K ditched driving for Uber and Lyft to become a truck driver – is that crazy, or smart?? Jon covers the basics on how to get started as a truck driver here, including what types of tests you’ll have to pass and the record you’ll need to become a certified truck driver. This video on truck driving has been produced by The Rideshare Guy.

Read Jon’s article on becoming a truck driver here – https://therideshareguy.com/how-to-become-a-truck-driver/

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40 Comentários

  1. CynicalDriver

    I did this already. 2006 to 2012. 6 years of my life wasted while everyone important to me enjoyed having one. I missed weddings, holidays, birthdays, and everything else. Here is the list of problems that made me give it up…

    1.) No home life. You will be at the mercy of the freight, and it can sometimes be extremely difficult to actually get home when you need to, even if you gave your company over a month of notice.

    2.) Stress. It is not really about the driving, believe it or not. It is: 10% driving, 10% paperwork, 10% planning, and 70% customer service. You DO have bosses, and while they are not looking over your shoulder… They are monitoring your every move. Between D.O.T. random inspections, maintenance, loading, unloading, traffic, and weather, there are tons of ways to lose time. You are under pressure to be on time before you even finish reading the trip details.

    3.) Health. Living on the road in a 10×8 box doesn't give you many options. You will be eating garbage most of your meals, and usually while driving. A truck doesn't fit into most places, so your options are very limited and it usually ends up being a glorified convenience store (Truck Stop) with a fast food option or two. Plan to buy a mobile fridge and expect that you will be eating cold food most of the time if you don't want to eat junk.

    It is also a very sedentary job. You will be spending the vast majority of your time sitting behind the wheel. This takes a toll, and I gained 20lbs in those 6 years. I have an extremely fast metabolism, and that is a lot of weight for me. It will be a much bigger problem for someone who is not as fortunate as I am in that department. I watched many people gain a quarter of their pre-trucking weight over a few years. This means buying a whole new wardrobe three or four times, and suffering the symptoms of rapid weight gains.

    4.) Cost. Everything costs more on the road. Truck stops will charge drivers way more for basics, just because they know you can't simply pull into most Best Buys. Expect to pay 20% more for things like charger cables, CB's, pain relievers, toiletries, and more… For generic versions that are of terrible quality.

    You also still have to pay rent for a place you're never going to see, unless you move your entire life into that truck and toss everything that doesn't fit.

    Showers aren't always free… Expect that to cost between $10 and $15 when you don't have fuel rewards at the truck-stop you're forced to spend the night at.

    5.) Towns HATE truckers. Parking for trucks is rapidly declining, even as demand for those spaces is exploding under ever tougher D.O.T. rules. They will fine you for parking on streets, at home, at Walmarts (not all of them,) and empty parking lots. People see trucks as eye-sores and menaces on the roadways. They don't care that everything they own came on a truck, just that they don't want to look at you.

    6.) Liability. If you're in an accident, you better hope you never once did anything against the regulations. The lawyers will be itching to sue your company and have you thrown in prison. Your company WILL abandon you if the worst happens and someone is injured. Learn the FMCSA book. Live the FMCSA book. Your freedom depends on it.

    7.) Pay. Every company advertises huge amounts of income for low education. They use lines like "Top Earners," and "Our Best Drivers," to avoid false advertising. $50,000 a year sound very good, even for someone with a 2 year degree. What they don't say up front is… To get that, you have to drive 2,500 miles a week and meet every single bonus requirement. If you count all the time you're away from home, it's less than minimum wage, by miles.

    8.) Image. It took me years after I quit to get a job where I don't have to wear a name tag or work stupid swing shift crap. Truckers have a stereotype that people think of, and HR people assume you will match that stereotype. They don't want a fat, lazy, angry, anti-social slob working for them. So, they skip resumes that have trucking as a recent job position. Think about the long-term before you jump into it. The reality is most drivers are perfectly nice, friendly, presentable and approachable people. Most care about safety and try to do a good job. The problem is, people only remember the offensive ones… Because they were offensive.

    9.) The lies. Companies lie. Recruiters lie. Shippers lie. Receivers lie. Everyone is out to ** the driver. After a while, you start to feel meaningless. It drains you, psychologically.

    This is the truth, as I experienced it.

    The D.O.T. officers I had interactions with over the years were all great. They were all fair and just doing a necessary job. I showed them respect and they gave it back. I have heard of some nightmare ones, but I never ran into them. Don't fear them. It can seem like they want to steal your money, but they just have to enforce the rules.

    Seeing the country was nice, but everything else prevented me from doing it any longer. Some people love it. Some don't. It isn't for everyone.

  2. shockawha9

    I would gladly trade taxi and rideshare for trucking…. can’t pass DOT due to my medication…totally unfair! Being n pain management for 10 years PLUS having lived through the 70’s, there’s isn’t a substance out there that would impair my driving

  3. Richard Blocker

    As a truck driver you need to be honest about the job and not make it look adventurish and cool just for the sake of a YouTube video.

    Trucking is a lifestyle not a job.
    If you can handle that fact, you'll do fine.

  4. Jay Nower

    I drove 18's for a couple of years…that was enough. The video is correct and well delivered. If you are single and no attachments….not a bad gig. If you are married and wanting to start a family, be prepared for a very challenging time in your life, and missing some big moments. The good news is there are other options out there, and I would use this as one of the last options to look at for an occupation. Be Safe!

  5. K Hill

    Truck. Driving is a tough job in my opinion. I have a class A CDL and have had multiple jobs. Right now I'm looking for a job that works you less hours. The local jobs that I've had work you over 12 hours a day. I highly recommend watching Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs YouTube Channel. He talks about how not many are going into the skilled trades but for many it would be a satisfying career. Love that guy! Best of luck in your pursuit of happiness!

  6. RGC2005

    Nice intro to the life. US Express is a good company for new drivers. Hint: Don't ever let them send you in a bus anywhere. They use MCT as their school and MCT is all over the country. Most importantly always have enough FU / Just In case money to rent a car home.

  7. Hybrid Specialist

    I left trucking after 18 years and drove for Uber. With Uber you have opportunity to do something else. For example I have a side business that can make me 650 dollars in just a few hours the problem is it is slow now and I only get about four customer a month. I put my business name in my Uber car. As a way to adversities. Now my business is growing and I don’t have to drive Uber as much. If I was driving a truck I would not be able to run my business. The flexibility of Uber allow me to run my business while I make money on Uber and expose my business to the public by driving around.

  8. AUDE SAPERE

    I would not trust an AMAZON driver in no way. This year has shown me how the few has destroyed the lot so if you throw a bunch of needles into the butter churner, its not gonna go in every portion. But would you buy a portion or just bypass it?

  9. abhishek gabhne

    I am graduating to become a doctor but for some reason by the grace of algorithm I am watching this and my god America makes it so hard on pocket to be trained in anything. There are some really good things to be born in a 3rd world country, for example if u want and study hard enough u can become a doctor practically for free. I am also amazed by how everyone can share their story on utube and how i can be interested in a truckers story. Its really awesome.

  10. DesTroy A.

    First I loved the vid! Great job you got likes and a subscriber! But.. I had two reactions when I saw this driver, first; are you really old enough to drive? Ya look like yer maybe 15! And the second thought that went through my brain was.. “Harry Potter became a truck driver?”
    Brudda thank you for the excellent content!

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