1. Do you like your job?
At first I did but as the years went on, the wages, time away from home, pressure to break Tacho laws and various other things led me to find something else.
2. Is the CB radio often used IRL?
It was not really that useful unless you were running with another colleague to the same destination or sought directions (prior to GPS). Due to the limitations of the UK CB radio power strength, you lost communication with anyone outside of 3 to 5 miles so chats were short.
3.How much money do you approximately get?
That depended on who you worked for. One company paid me £264.99 for a full week away from home. Earnings with other companies could be better or worse. Averages were approx £250 to 400 take home pay. Agencies paid better where I could take home £550 to 640 a week.
4. What do you do if you have to go to the toilet but there is no resting area around?
Use your imagination The window or side of the truck was convenient for a pee. A plastic bag came in handy for more demanding stuff
5. In case you damage your truck by accident, who would pay for that if it is not your own truck?
The company you work for paid (sometimes through their insurance). Truck damage was highly frowned upon. Broken mirrors was ok as long as it was occasional. What generally happened was if you had more than 2 accidents in a year, expect to be out of a job.
6. As you were young, did you ever dream of becoming a truck driver or were you forced into that kind of business?
Not really, I wanted to do something more glamourous I got my HGV (Rigid licence (17tonne)) at 21, took my HGV1 (40 tonne plus) at 33. It was a convenience more than a life time job. It meant that I had something to fall back on that paid money without having weeks of unemployment. I still have my licence (if I want to return anytime).
7. How much time do you have for coupling and decoupling?
No time was allocated for this as it's not something which takes forever to do. Checking your load, coupling and moving off can be done in less than 10-15 mins. Decoupling in about 5 mins.
8. How much time do you have to play with your GPS till you find the entrance to the warehouse?
Not a lot of time was required for this provided you got the right delivery address on your paperwork. I was sent to one warehouse in Belgium (Brussels) and after much problems, the company had it wrong. It should have been Fleurs. Both cities had the same street. The result was that my cab was broken into while sorting out the mess and I lost some valuables.
9. Are there enough jobs where you are every day at your beautiful home? I don't like sleeping somewhere else.
There are jobs but a lot of drivers also want them (those who want more of a home life). If you want the money, long distance is the only option and you can kiss goodbye to your home and social life. One of the long distance jobs I did meant I got home (in my own bed) maybe once every 3 weeks for 24 hours.
It takes a certian type of person to do this job for a living long term. As much as it looks cool, there is also a lot of stuff that isn't. Finally trucking can be hard on the health. I now struggle with knee and back issues as a result of spending too long in a cab driving over the years.
One thing I will always look back on with a smile is the things I saw car drivers doing as they went past. ie: women exposing themselves, men getting a bit of relief from their woman, etc. LOL