i know of the long hours, strict rules and lonely aspect but tbh would not give a hoot about any of that if i could happily jump out of bed in the morning/afternoon/evening and go enjoy a days honest work!
I'll give you a clue on what its like where I work, fairly big national company about 10 bases scattered around the country. The one that I run out of we double man most of the fleet, but in the other yards around the country most of the drivers have their own vehicles because the have nights out 3/4 times a week. The main thing is that you get on with the other driver, if one of you is a scruffy b
d and covers everything in grease or one of you smokes and the other one hates it then you spend most of your day with the hump trying to annoy eachover. It has been known on our firm for drivers who dont get on to start boobie trapping eachover to try and make the other person quit, much to the amusement of everyone else.
Ive got a powder tanker artic, units 6 months old but as we run it 24hrs a day for 5 days a week theres always something that we are waiting on to get fixed on either the unit or tank and are working around. Major stuff that would get you a prohibition notice gets done straight away but anything else can take well over a week. The company motto is 'its no fun if its easy'
Our contract is 50hrs a week, so anything over 10hrs a day is overtime. I roll in at 5am ish, depending on how the night shift went my lorry may be there, it may be a couple of hours away. Im booking from 5 so it doesnt matter to me either way. My first job will be written down in the office, theres no point in planning beyond that because every job has a delivery time so its first person who gets back empty does the next one.
On a normal day i'll turn up 5 have a coffee and a giggle with whoever else is about, be out of the yard by 6 and at the plant by 7 having another cup of coffee and a giggle whilst they load the tank. Out of there within half an hour to wherever the job is, which is usually no more than an hours drive, hook the tank up and stand around for another half an hour drinking more coffee/chatting to random people/looking on facebook and picking my nose. Back to the plant to reload and repeat another 2 times with an hour stood at a burger van somewhere. Normally back at base between 2 and 4pm, at which point I can either keep my head down and sneek off home or go and mingle about and get offered a bit of overtime doing a local collection with a curtainsider.
Some of the other stuff we do is pick up a loaded trailer out of the yard, drive north for 4 hrs and reverse it onto a bay and have a kip on the bed for an hour whilst its unloaded. Then drive half an hour down the road for a reload and drive back to base, drop the trailer and go home. I tried that and its very easy but it quickly becomes boring, thats what a lot of the night work and trunk work is like. Same route, same people, same stop off points for the same food.. it takes a special person to do that :zombie:
Most of our new drivers start off doing multidrop, which is random crap to random places. This involves a lot of shouting, driving around in circles and a general hatred of everyone around you due to s
te planning, only ever being given half of the information that you need and a chain of incompetent customers and office staff all lying to eachover and you. To do that job you need to not care and just laugh at everything. Most only stick with that until theres an opening on one of the other jobs.If you can find the right job that suits you it can be a brilliant career, I find anything with variation fun. The best job that I had was running a low loader because every job was different, be it the load or the delivery point. But then that had the downside of crawling about in the freezing cold and wet through mud and oil chaining stuff down in winter.
If you work for a massive company then yes, they can be strict because theres people justifying their existance by making sure that you are keeping to every rule, Tescos/Stobarts for example. Youll find that most places are fairly laid back and that aslong as you earn them money without moaning about the work and they dont have to deal with complaints about your driving/general behavior/the amount of things that youve broken, then you will be one of their better employees and soon find yourself doing the better jobs.