Earning Money

That’s what we’re here for in the real world and in Truck Simulator. The only difference is that you can always delete your profile and start up again in the real world – it’s called bankruptcy 😉 Ok – I think I may have got a bit confused there somewhere!

If you’ve done your first trip and you’ve got €3000 in the bank, you may be thinking that you can take out a €100k loan from the bank and buy your first truck immediately. Well, good luck with that! Firstly, only the most basic of the trucks are available to purchase. Most trucks and upgrades are limited by your skill level. You can cheat… I see there is a mod that makes the required level 0 for everything but I wouldn’t go there. The artificial limitations placed on what you can buy are unrealistic but I think it’s best to work within them if only to make you feel that you’ve earned that new truck!

Much more importantly, if you take that loan you’ll have to pay back €2888 per day and that means you have to earn €2888 along with enough money to cover your maintenance and fuel costs in order to make a living.   And that assumes you’re a good driver and don’t get fines or collide with other traffic – which those of you who have been reading my posts will recognise as a high probability occurrence due to the ai in the game :-( So the message is – be patient. The time to buy is around a dozen trips away:-)

I log my drives in excel. It’s up to you whether you choose to do the same but I find it a means of engaging with the game – a bit like filling out the swindle-sheets after completing a delivery. The log is one reason why I can tell you of all my adventures and if you get involved in Truck Sim’s you may want to log your adventures too. If you’re flying airplanes in one of those sims you should be keeping a log – that’s what Pilots do, so why not truckers?

I present you with my log from the first few drives…

Dijon – Metz Lumber 24t € 3,750
Metz – Frankfurt Canned Beef 28t € 5,315
Frankfurt – Düsseldorf Lighting Fixtures 18t € 5,064
Düsseldorf – Brussels Tyres 16t € 5,601
Brussels – Carlisle Paint 23t € 5,174
Carlisle – Hannover Leibherr 954 19t € 9,802

I’ve mentioned that this is a chance to learn about the different trucks and to Illustrate the point I started out in a MAN TGX then had a DAF XF for the run to Frankfurt – didn’t convince me that I should like DAF’s!   The run to Düsseldorf produced another Volvo FH16 Classic but then the drive to Brussels gave the opportunity to try out a Mercedes Benz Actros.   This run caused me a minor embarrassment as I overran a red light incurring a €160 fine.   Brussels to Carlisle was a surprise as the truck provided was a MAN TGA – courtesy of MADSTER’s mod.   That was a real pleasure – I’d forgotten how nice a truck the TGA is to drive (Now driving one in my main profile!).   The Carlisle to Hannover run with the Renault Premium was fun too but for different reasons – had to have eyes in the back of my head at every junction  and whenever there were roadside barriers.   A trailer that needs watching and that’s all part of the fun 🙂   Here we go with a couple of images from these early runs…

MAN TGA – Lovely truck to drive 🙂

Hauling the Leibherr excavator with some fool tailgating!


Driver for Hire

After talking through the realism settings in the previous Euro Truck Simulator 2 post, it’s time to start working for other people as a driver for hire…

Choosing the first job is important but not critical – after all, it’s up to you to decide how long you are prepared to wait to own your own truck. But at the start in this game you have a conflict of interests. Improving your skills through experience points gives the opportunity to do longer jobs with more valuable cargo which is important because longer distances and more specialised cargoes bring better rewards. But we also need to be earning as much money as possible as a hedge against fines and damage. When you view the jobs screen you can select how to view the jobs – Price, distance, destination, etc. For the first few jobs I strongly recommend searching for Price v Distance. This gives the best compromise between the money you will earn against the skill points you will get.

Another choice you will need to make is where to take each job from – the jobs market shows all available ‘quick jobs’. To get jobs in a specific location just click on the city on the map. From a realism point of view I will always take my next job from the last town I delivered to because I’m sure real life journeyman truckers wouldn’t travel to Nice to pick up their next job after dropping off a cargo in Berlin. But that’s something you will need to decide for yourself. This applies to the Quick Jobs and, once you have your own truck, Freight Market jobs so you need to be aware.

So – all that preamble over… We’re off on our first job from Lyon to Dijon (though we aren’t cutting the mustard just yet – sorry I couldn’t resist that one!). I picked this job from the top of the list for the reasons outlined above. I’ve been given a Volvo FH16 Classic to drive so I get the chance to experience that type of truck. I’ve also got a cargo that I don’t think I’ve hauled before courtesy of Jazzycat’s mods 🙂

During the course of this first delivery or the next one you will get emailed by the bank and by a company looking for reliable drivers. The bank will offer you loans up to €100,000 A few trips down the road they will up your credit limit to €500,000. I don’t think anyone’s ever taken up the reliable drivers offer – I guess we’d rather be our own boss! The good news is that – unlike the real world… the emails dry up after that 🙂

After completion of that first real job you’ll probably get your first upgrade point and you’ll be presented with a screen where you can choose where to spend it. There are going to be a few of these over the next few drives. Consensus is that you should put the first one in the Distance box. After that you can choose as you go. I’ll tell what I went for and my thoughts as we progress.

As a new player in this game, the period when you are a driver for hire is a good time to learn what trucks you really like – I’ve been surprised by some and disappointed by others! It’s also important, as you do these jobs, to divert through towns en-route to collect the truck dealers and recruitment agencies. At the moment you’re not normally under time pressure so take the opportunity! It would be disappointing if having picked a Scania at the start you decided that you actually preferred Volvos but you hadn’t discovered a Volvo dealer. The recruitment agencies are important for when you start building your company, so we’ll cover those in more depth then.

I’ve delivered my Veenhuis SW450 safely to Dijon and collected my fee. I’ve selected Long Distance for my first point and I’ll see you soon with some tales of the road as a driver for hire 

Once in a Month of Sunday’s…

…I actually get to come home!