OTR drivers, Over The Road, are paid
by the mile and go where
the freight goes - anywhere
in the 48 contiguous states.
Waiting for a load at a truck stop
doesn't earn you a dime.
Drivers can be away from home
three weeks at a time
heading to God knows where.
OTR truckers drive as a two man team -
10 hours on, 10 hours off -
driving nonstop 24 / 7 so long as
you have freight to deliver.
Owning your own truck means
paying out of pocket for diesel
at 4 miles to the gallon.
Then there's your tire and maintenance costs -
Breakdown means a several hundred dollar
tow and a trailer filled with freight
your customer was promised
delivery of yesterday.
Try staying alert while driving at four
in the morning when you have no regular
sleep pattern. Still, truck driving gets
in your blood with a high up windshield
that feels like a big screen TV for
watching the world go by.
I recommend Texas where there are cafes
in the middle of nowhere and parking
is in an open field where you have
no problem putting your
seventy-two foot rig.
© Tom Taylor