Trucking Isn't a Job or a Career, It's a Lifestyle!
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“Jokingly I nick name myself Trucker BUD! ;)”

Trucking and driving these big rigs all over North America...being away from home for months at a time....seeing every state and province...meeting people from all walks of life....sampling all kind of foods....nature....sunsets...sunrises...never a boring moment....changing scenery....shall I keep going on? Whats not lo LUV ^_^

Driving a big rig is a lifestyle that can be incredibly challenging and hard or unbelievably rewarding and dreamlike. Because I am single-like (never married), no children, and live in a rented bachelor apartment with my high school sweetheart girlfriend, I am able to be a happy trucker and can move, relocate or work anywhere in North America without issues. I go out trucking months at a time to the point when I get home I feel like a tourist in my own city and apartment :)

“A successful trucker must be tolerant and well mannered! You will meet customers and represent your employer. You must keep good appearance, be respectful, proper and well spoken; after all your image will reflect on all truckers and the trucking industry as a whole.”

A prosperous trucker should not have criminal record of any kind and must be healthy as class1 (CDL) license requires routine medical tests and your health will directly impact your insurance thus your employment opportunities. The most important thing of all is a clear driving record! No demerits, infractions/citations or any highway-act record

Trucker life is a lifestyle. Your primary reason for wanting to become a trucker should not be monetary. When you start the pay is low but sufficient to pay for basic costs like rent, food, Internet, cell phone and your car insurance. If you have other costs then you will drown in debts as starting trucker pay is low (regardless who tells you otherwise). With time the pay will become better and higher and within 3 to 5 years you can start to rake in the doe, if you are smart and maintain your low cost, good driving/criminal record and health.

I will post many pictures/videos of my trucking lifestyle in this section. Check them out! I've had many weird jobs in my life due to my curiosity and I must say the trucking is way cooler than anything I've done like ever ;) Enjoy my pix and let me know if you have any questions by sending me an email...I don't bite

The type of lanes I like to do:

I love having "multiple" on the road resets. My ideal trip is definitely a long haul to the USA/Mexico/Canada. I love the west coast. Below I list my favourite runs doing reefers, dryvans and intermodals:

  • BC (Langley..etc.) to AB (Calgary..etc.) rounders

  • BC (Langley..etc.) to MB (Winnipeg..etc.) rounders

  • BC/AB/MB to USA/Mexico south rounders

  • BC/AB/MB to USA/Mexico south then back through Ontario, to Canada west coast rounders

  • MB to Mexico or USA south (central/west coast).

I love running the mountains in BC,CO,MT and CA and in winter putting chains on. It's never a dull moment, that's for sure.

On my to do list is to learn and run pikes (LCV), grain trailers, flatbeds and tankers.

 

 

Trucking blog

In this section of my blog I will talk about various trucking subjects that are important if you want to become a happy trucker and build a successful career. In a nutshell, if the company you work for is fair and treats you well, you should not leave them even though they are not offering the best pay.

Companies can make mistakes and if these mistakes are rectified it is fine to stay with such a company; However, if a mistake is repeated, it is a decision and you must leave as soon as your ties end with them.

Be wary of contracts and offers that can be used to lure you and tie you down; and most certainly do not fall for the gimmick.

Read my articles below to get a glimpse of what to expect, how to recognise coercion, intimidation, bullying, harrasment, exploitation, discrimination and racisim; what to do if you fall a victim of such. The trucking industry is diverse and as a driver, it's easy to feel coerced and mistreated. Often you will face the pressures of choosing between safety, money and meeting appointment times.

The below articles are coming soon

  • How a "Long Haul Trucker" can choose a good transport company to work for

  • What to look for when leasing your own tractor/equipment. How to spot and avoid the Never Never programs

  • How to know the company you want to work for is good if you are a minority

  • How to recognize discrimination in the work force and what to do about it

  • If you are being picked-on, or feel your carrier is treating you unfairly, but can't leave them just yet.

  • How to organize yourself and be an efficient trucker

  • The difference between Owner Operator O/O, Lease Operator, Company Driver and which is the best

  • Long Haul, Short Haul, Regional, City work and which one is better

  • The choice of compromising safety versus money, carrier roles, their policies and how to deal with pressures

  • The highest paying company is not always the best to work for. Do not underestimate added value!

  • Where the trucking industry is headed and the impact to the driver

  • Your trucker resume and what not to do that can hurt your trucking career

  • Finding the right trucking school to do your Class1/CDL training

  • My own personal experience in the trucking industry The Journal, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 

 

Overall value:- factoring pay against OnDuty hours and tractor upkeep coming soon

In this section I will detail what is the Elog, how to calculate total OnDuty (worked hours includes driving times), Detention times when the driver is OffDuty but detained at a place not of their choice to wait for the shipper, repairs, in between loads...etc. and compared to compensation pay to determine overall value or simply put how much your real hourly rate ends up being.

Also, Actual-Rate-per-mile is determined after total paid miles compared to actual odometer driven miles. If you are an owner/lease operator, this will play a huge role in terms of tractor cost per mile, fuel and repairs; after you factor in all that you will quickly find out you're paid less than the rate advertised. Most carriers short the driver in the total paid miles per trip by using internal mysterious formulas in determining the trip total paid miles.

 

 

Tractor upkeep costs:- coming soon

In this section I will outline my leased tractor repair/maintenance costs to give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to venture in financing your own tractor.

I leased a brand-new 2019 Volvo VNL-670 tractor. I am the only user who drove it, and thus far, I have about 600,000 thousand kilometers on it. My lease ends in May 2022 at which point I'll have the option to buy it.

My tractor is maintained by the Volvo dealership where it was purchased and I'm keeping it in first-class condition (no shortcuts); and thus far I had zero downtime.

You will see the items that failed and needed repairs, and preventative maintenance that I requested in order to improve safety, maximize uptime and minimize on road downtime; as well the maintenance that was recommended by the Volvo dealership.

 

 

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