Article thanks to Larry Kahaner and fleetowner.com. Dave makes some very good points, but every driver has to start somewhere. I started trucking in the early 1980's by going through a truck driving school. I then started knocking on doors for a couple months until I found a man with a company that would give me a chance. I took that opportunity, worked for very poor wages for a year until I had enough experience that a much better company hired me. The smart drivers can figure it out and improve their situations. Since that first couple years gaining safe driving experience, I've managed to make good money over the past 35 years in the industry. I think the biggest danger for newer drivers is their getting frustrated and jumping into buying a truck, then going broke in a few years due to bad business practices. There are good companies out there that will pay a fair wage and provide good benefits. To get the good jobs, you have to put the time in and build a great resume with safe driving history. Links provided:
May, 2015 Dave MacMillan is an owner-operator based in Parry Sound, Ontario who has spent most of his 40-year driving career hauling produce from California. Currently, he drives a lumber truck locally and is paid by the hour. When the lumber hauling season is over he will study the rates and decide if he wants to put his truck back on the road or leave the business altogether. He explains why the industry has trouble attracting and keeping drivers. His wife Catherine MacMillan runs the website www.smart-trucking.com.