Is it true that once you get diesel fuel on your hands that you become hooked on trucking? I had been in the construction field for 20 + years before I got laid off, so I went to school for my CDL. I had 2 1/2 years OTR before I had to walk away from the road. Just when the miles and money started looking decent my company started having problems. The owner told me he had to reregister the truck but now its been sitting since February. I wonder if he is being straight with me. Fortunatly I am also a drywall finisher and I found a good paying job doing that but I miss the road seriously. On my way to work I look at the trucks rolling by and I get choked up. I dont mean to sound like Im boasting but I make good money finishing but I really miss the road.
I started out with Gainey then left them for WH Transportation, mistake one was leaving WH to go to Covenant believing I would make more cash which ended up being a recruiters lie. Stayed at Covenant for 3 weeks and went to Melton to lease a pretty blue KW which I couldnt afford. Then I went to JR schugel and was running great as a company driver so once again I fell for the lease thinking I would get the same miles, pretty truck, this one was a shiny white 2007 International 9900. Once again I couldnt afford it so I left and found a local company and even though the truck was a filthy old 99 Pete it ran 80 MPH and I was home three days a week and still running 2500 miles a week.
Now here I sit roadsick, to drive now I would have to take a paycut. With my employment history only a lowpaying company will take me on no matter how I try to explain my circumstances. I was NEVER late with deliveries and I took trucking as serious as life and I know I was a good safe driver but because I never stayed around with a trucking company long Im a jobhopper. If I was a single man I would even go to Swift or CR England just to drive again but I have the wife,kids,dog,mortgage thing going.
I will appreciate any comments or suggestions, be safe and enjoy the ride.
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