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JT3wife's Comment
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Hello all! I am a wife of a man who has decided (with some guidance) that he needs a change of career and thus chose to become a trucker. I am just trying to get to know some other trucker's wives or long-time girlfriends to help me and our kids get through the tough times. And just some general conversation with women who understand what I will be going through, as the majority of my friends have told me that they think "I'm crazy" and that they "won't be able to relate."

I do come from a strong family background in the trucking industry, so I am already familiar with the sacrifice and stability of a spouse's role at home. But that doesn't mean that we don't have "weak" moments or need someone to have an open ear. So if you are someone who is looking for similar things, please leave your name or just give me a shout out!

Happy Trucking!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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What you'll typically find here at TT are drivers or people considering becoming one, or those who are in CDL school. I was married to a driver years ago, and currently date a driver-- we team together. I'm not sure what your looking for exactly. The first year as a driver will be incredibly challenging for your husband, so hopefully you are supportive of this career move, because he will need it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Emerald's Comment
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Hi JT3Wife!

Thank you for this topic, as I'm right there hanging with you! I'm wife, mother, and grandmother now. Kids all grown and have their own familys now, so it's just Sean, myself, and our two dogs (Girlie and Camo).

My Sean, just started his career in Trucking with Millis Transport. We are both very excited about this new adventure. He went thru Millis' CDL school and received his CDL last month. He has another 2500 miles or so to go with his OTR trainer before he gets his own truck and he is LOVING it. Today, he's driving from Cincinnati, OH to Elkton, VA and told me he's really looking forward to driving thru the Appalachians for the first time. After VA, he will be heading down to Albany, GA. So many miles in such a short time.

I'm really looking forward to seeing him in his new truck soon. Can't wait to see his happy face. I miss him so very much.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
JT3wife's Comment
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I am a mother and wife. My main goal here is to just connect with women (and men) in the same boat as me. For support for one another when our times get hard or if we're missing our trucker.

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