So the last couple years have seen a lot of changes for me. I went from being a Trucker to driving taxi, then back to trucker. I can honestly say that both jobs are challenging and both jobs have their good side. For me driving taxi was a way to be home every day, and I enjoyed meeting and talking to lots of people. From a financial standpoint driving cab was a real hit on the ol' pocket book. Hauling cars I made over 70k. Driving taxi I made far less than that amount. I think around 25k. Taxi was cool in that I got to make personal connections with people from all walks of life and on the weekends could make over a hundred bucks in tips. Some nights I'd drive the wheel chair van and that was physically chanllenging as well as rewarding because folks in weelchairs can be some of the nicest people and really appreciate you. On the other hand working nights I sometimes was dealing with drunk folks. It sucks having to drive to a car wash to clean puke out of your cab. Driving cab I worked an eleven hour graveyard shift from six p.m. until five a.m. Unlike driving truck, I couldn't just pull over and hit the sleeper when I got tired. Nope, driving cab I had to be awake in case the radio beeped. I found myself drinking tons of coffee and energy drinks and pulling into fast food places all too often to compensate for the late hour blah's. I also found that staying on my trucker diet driving cab was not as easy as when I was driving truck. I gained back some of the weight I'd lost while trucking on my trucker diet. Driving cab and working graveyard present a whole host of challenges that driving long haul doesn't. Like higher intake of unhealthy food to compensate for lack of sleep, and lack of exercise. Hauling cars I get a lot of exercise compared to driving taxi as well as compared to most trucking jobs. Lets face it, every day I have to load my truck. This entails walking sometimes miles finding my cars, and climbing all over my truck straping the cars down. I work long hours as a trucker but I set my own hours and when I'm tired I can sleep. On the other hand, after years of trucking I was ready for a break and I don't regret driving cab at all. Health wise there is one aspect of driving cab that is better in my opinion. That is the social aspect. It's nice to have a job where you get to visit with new and interesting people every day. However the fact that I'm back hauling cars again speaks volumes. Lets face it the positives outway the negatives for the most part and those paychecks are hard to beat. If you are interested in hauling cars for a living here is a link to an article that goes into more detail... Car Hauling Article.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.