The trucking is not just a position; it is a life style. For many, the transition to the trucking life style is a difficult one. This is the reason why the vast majority of CDL school graduates are no longer in the trucking business after six months... or shorter. They are not prepared for the challenges or for that days and weeks spent away from home and family. A few universal truths about the trucking industry are not generally pretty. Simply click here to find out more about Heavy Haul Truck Driver.
Main, and most obvious, is that any company engaged in the trucking business will not offer the normal amenities that are taken for granted in most other job opportunities. For instance, sick leave can be non-existent in most trucking job opportunities. If you don't work, you don't need to get compensated... period.
When I worked a "normal" job, it certainly not posed much of a problem if I required to take half a day off for a doctor's scheduled appointment. In trucking, keeping a medical or dental appointment is often a roll of the dice. Installed know if you are going to be home to keep it. We once lost a crown on one of the front tooth, and had to push around for two weeks looking like a prizefighter that should consider alternative career options.
When I worked a "normal" job, no matter how difficult or harrowing the day had been, I always had the comfort of understanding that I would go home at the end of it and sleep within my own bed. In trucking, a long-haul driver eats alone in his truck or at a pickup truck stop at the end of a long day time, and retires to the "comfort" of a small sleeper berth. Then, he gets up after a few hours rest and does it all over again. We never thought it would be possible to miss the organization of some of my irritating former co-workers, but the loneliness of the road is very real.
One of the biggest issues affecting many truckers is anti-idling laws adopted by many expresses. These laws put limitations in the amount of time a truck is allowed to idle and offers stiff penalties to violators. For instance, in the city of Denver colorado, a truck can lawfully idle for 10 minutes per hour. Nicely, if it is 8º in the Mile-High City, it requires 10 minutes or longer just to warm up a diesel powered engine. Do the lawmakers expect the driver to get up through the night each hour to idle for 10 minutes and return to a getting stuck cocoon? The only word that pops into the mind can be... DUH!
In Illinois, the law states that a driver must be present when idling. We wonder how law enforcement intends to discern this. Should they knock in the cab to wake us up? This seems like an equally brilliant technique to assist a driver in having a healthy sleep pattern.
The laws in other states are proportionately amazing, but I think that the people who drafted these laws should try to rest in a 20º pickup truck in the winter, or perhaps a 95º pickup truck in the summer. Then, let's drive 600 miles the next day and-think safety! For more info check out Truck Driver.
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