Pros: travel, vacations anywhere, climate controlled, self-employee, time to think
Cons: no family life, very little money, long days and hours.
As an over the road trucker, you have plenty of time to soul search and think about life. In the early 70's, the average trucker made over 60K a year but today they start at about 30K. 5 weeks on a truck followed by a 5 day break means that there is absolutely NO time for family or relationships. DOT regulated driving hours means that after your allotted driving hours are up and you shut 'er down, you must still stay on the truck (yet there is no pay for sitting). While a $800-$1,000 week (before taxes) might sound nice, you've got to realize that you are on the truck 24/7 and often unable to drive it. A 168 hour weeks means that you're making about $5.50 an hour. As a company driver, .32 cents a miles isn't much. There are no co-workers so there isn't too much drama and the class and education of most truckers at the truck-stops leaves a lot to be desired. The best part of the job is that you have a heater in the winter and an air conditioner during the summer and you can sit in a comfortable chair and watch the beauty of our country pass in front of you eyes day in and day out. Vacations aren't a dream but a lifestyle and if you're divorced you can take your "home time" anywhere in the country you want…..which means Mardi Gras, Kentucky Derby, Daytona Bike Week, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, Smokey Mountains, etc. An awesome life experience - but only for a limited time.