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**TruckingTruth's 10 Year Anniversary!!!**

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Vendingdude's Comment
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Way to go Brett. You and the others do an excellent job with this site.

I laughed and practically cried too reading your story. I felt those same emotions of excitement, wonder and challenge that first day, week, month.

Maybe that'd be good thread to start:. Tell the story of your first day in as much detail as you remember. Lol. Hint: mine had the trainer roll into his bunk a half hour into my first turn at the wheel, and I commenced to drive us into a blizzard.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Thank you Brett and congratulations on a job well done. I am proudly one of 67,468. I hope that number grows exponentially in the next 10 years. This site has been an awesome source of information for me. The people here are like friends.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Congrats...

Wish you could reset my join date back to my original one (before the Rhonda debacle).

Been on this ride with you since 05/09 - the road just rolls on forever...

Rick

Bolt's Comment
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Congrats on the milestone and thanks for all the info. This site has debunked many false truths about the industry. I believe one of the greatest assets to this site is the non judgmental way all the companies are presented.

Thanks again.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I'm really glad you've been around for so long and that all of you were here for the advice when I started my foray into this particularly fascinating world. Here's to another ten years. :D

Jackie H.'s Comment
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I too, would like to offer my Congratulations to you! Thank you for being here and sharing your knowledge.

Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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Happy Birthday Trucking Truth!

Thanks Brett for making such a welcoming and informative site for new truckers.

Old School's Comment
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Brett, we all want to both thank you, and congratulate you!

This site has been such a blessing to so many of us, many of whom will probably not even see this announcement. In the few short years that I have been involved here I have seen so many folks come and go that it is mind boggling. Often times the people in here are like children, who when once raised, go off on their own to master their own destinies. Although we may not hear from them but occasionally, we know that they have a good foundation under them from the time they spent here in the company of those who wanted to help them understand the path to success. It is a challenging career, and with so many different voices out there leading the way into erroneous conceptions of the industry this place has been an oasis of "truth" for many a struggling wannabe whose feet were knocked out from under them by their initial internet searches for information on becoming a trucker.

I know that was the way it was for me when I began this journey. I had gotten out of a long time business, taken a lengthy time off, and then wanted to start a new chapter in my life, a new adventure so to speak. Trucking was something that I was convinced I would not only enjoy, but excel at, and then whammo! Like a slap in the face, all my research showed how miserable truck drivers were in their jobs, constantly having to jump from carrier to carrier just to try to keep from starving to death! None of it made any sense to me. I knew from my years in business that there was simply no way such a vibrant robust industry could be as terrible as it looked when I began my research. I was determined that I would do it anyways and find out for myself what it was really like, and then as I was getting ready to start at a trucking school I came across this community of truckers who worked together under the banner of "Trucking Truth." It was like I had found some friends that I didn't even know existed. Here was a group of genuine people who were out here doing this job every day and enjoying it immensely. They weren't afraid to discuss the harsh realities of this career without pointing fingers of blame, and they were brutally honest about the commitments and the sacrifices required to make it out here on the road. They had a passion for their careers that I hadn't found on any other web sites that I had visited, and on top of all that they were entertaining and amusing at times too. The character of the individuals here was what drew me in from the beginning.

I have enjoyed my brief tenure here, and came from being a struggling newbie to a successful professional who eventually had something worthy to share with the others who were just getting started. It has been such a pleasure being involved with you and the others in here who are committed to helping others find their way into this rewarding career. There have been those with whom we've laughed, cried, and just all around had a genuine good time going back and forth with each other in various discussions. Some of them deep and intense, while others are much more on the light side, but all of it has been rewarding and enjoyable. For me one of the great benefits of being in here is that it gives me a group of "friends" with whom I can converse and share with while I am out here on the road. I seldom spend much time in here when I am at home, because I am enjoying my time with my family. But when I am on the road, I come in here to share with others and to enjoy the camaraderie of not only some like minded truckers, but also to witness the blossoming of some grateful new entry level drivers. It is all very rewarding to me, as I am sure it is for you.

Here's to another ten years ahead! I hope to be involved in as many of them as I can!

Thanks for all you do!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt 's Comment
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Congratulations. I really appreciate the honest opinions,answers,wisdom,and ability to put up with rookie questions and bunch of them at that. Thank you.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thank you Brett, for setting up this amazing web site. I was looking for a CDL study guide, and found the High Road Training Program. Yes, I studied with the High Road program, and passed my written test on the first pass. I love the way you have designed the question system to both remind the student of some topics already covered, and also the extra help available for the student's weaker subjects.

Finally, in the two years I have been hanging around, I really enjoy the non-judgemental atmosphere, and the family-like help as the active members support all comers in their trucking trials and tribulations.

Errol

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.
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