School bus driver I’m like a truck driver except my cargo whines, cries vomits and won’t sit down shirt is available. What 36 hours of hell does to a driver. I feel like a train wreck married the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and they had me as their love child. What began with near frostbite and getting stuck, has ended with a massive coolant leak and a bad fuel filter. I’ll be getting towed to a dealership in the morning after they clean up the mess from this blizzard. Oh, and my bunk heater quit. It was below 0 today. So here I am, thawing for the night in this hotel with little to look forward to tomorrow.
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I only made it about 60 miles today so yup, still stuck in Wisconsin. With no revenue, a bill for getting winched out, and a soon to be tow and repair bill. Someone else gets to pull that $2k load to Atlanta now. My FB is generally positive. No one wants to read a bunch of whining when they’re trying to relax. But fr, trucking is not always sunshine and daisies. It’s not all clean dry roads and three dollar per mile loads. The last two months have been insanely hard for me.
Aside from repeated break downs and poor freight, I also had a friend pass away back in January. I’ve been digging in to my savings to stay caught up on bills and fed because I’ve made very little money. And I’m supposed to be buying a truck in July. My mom just had a procedure done on her heart this last weekend, which happened to be my first time going home since Thanksgiving. I won’t give up though. I’ll probably wear these black eyes a dozen or more times yet before I get through to my break from the road in June, but I won’t give up. Hard times like these are part of the journey and I found this struggle worth documenting and sharing. Wish me luck in not dying on my tow ride tomorrow, as it’ll be 100% state road post Wisconsin blizzard. Now good night!
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After all my years on the road, the only advice I can give anyone about carriers is, try to stay away from Mega-Carriers who pay that rip off “Practical Mile” shit. Trucking companies have been ripping drivers off for years with that practical mile pay crap. The second bit of advice, if it’s not hourly or at least a guaranteed weekly pay, I’m not putting a key in the damn door. Just saying… Dont feel bad. I worked on my truck in the cold all day and will again tomorrow. All revenue is ate up with repairs. But we live to fight again tomorrow. Never give up.