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Nov 23, 2016

TRUCKERS' DOUBT * USA: Should I stay or should I go?

* Ohio - In the immortal words of The Clash If I go there will be trouble... If I stay it will be double !!!

---  Every single owner-operator out here is asking themselves these questions right now... Trucking life is the life of a gambler. You gamble that you’re going to make enough money to cover the expense, which seems pretty straightforward when you’re negotiating rates, until you walk outside to start the truck and find a puddle of oil-tinged antifreeze underneath it. A money-making 5,000-pound load can quickly turn into a black, money-sucking hole that makes you want to walk off into the woods and never return... Then there are the good days, when all the planets align and you roll into a job site, on time, engine purring like a kitten, and are treated like a hero for bringing the equipment or supplies people need to complete their project. You walk away counting your money and think, “This ain’t so bad” ... Here’s a little tip for the “powers that be,” if you want to grow cucumbers, you don’t plant chicken turds. You plant cucumber seeds and you learn to spread the chicken poo thinly enough over the topsoil to encourage those seeds to grow. You don’t heap piles of poo on top and expect a bumper crop of cucumbers, it just doesn’t work that way...

Fairborn, Ohio, USA - Overdrive, by Wendy Parker - November 21, 2016
(*) Wendy Parker rides with her husband, owner-operator George Parker. After years leased to carriers, the couple's business today runs under its own authority, booking loads on the spot market via TruckItSmart's load board.

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