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John C.'s Comment
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Hi everybody, I'm new to the forum, prepping to go to school this summer and want to thank you all for the great information. I have to admit that I'm spending too much time reading here, but it's all so fascinating! Every time I have a question, I find a post or blog that answered it.

I'm 54, a product freelance designer/animator and want to do something completely different. I was concerned about my size (5'5" 135 lbs) and age but a few of you already alleviated those concerns. I eat extremely healthy, and was worried about eating healthy on the road, but it seems those of you who want to eat healthy are doing just fine.

I'm kind of intrigued by flatbeds, and wonder if I"ll be able to handle tars, chains, etc. It seems that truckers help each other out, but I'm still wondering if a small guy like me can lift a tarp on a load and get it right. There is something really cool about seeing a professionally clean tied down load!

Lots more to read, but I suspect I'll have questions soon.

From the posts I've read it seems training with a driver is hit or miss (mostly miss), and I find that intimidating, but it seems perseverance is the key.

Thanks again for this great recourse site, and all the tips!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt 's Comment
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i can tell you I have a close relative that is probably about the same size you are it sounds like you are a healthy person although his energy level is pretty high(extremely high sometimes) he just turned 40 and tarps and straps loads all the time. He tells me its a bit tougher to do being as he says the little guy but he loves it. He has no plans on switching either.

John C.'s Comment
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Thanks Matt, I'm pretty energetic, like to work out etc. But not too much. I'll be able to chill for the long drives. I suspect I'll want to take a lot of walks on my down time. Mid fifties is a long way from forty though.smile.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome John C!

From the posts I've read it seems training with a driver is hit or miss (mostly miss), and I find that intimidating, but it seems perseverance is the key.

Not necessarily true. Usually folks write about the "misses" far more than the "hits" because they are seeking advice. I had a great Mentor. We still stay in touch.

Training is a two-way street; communication is key and an important lesson the learn and understand early on. Effective communication, effective listening & speaking is key success factor as a driver.

Let us know how else we can help.

John C.'s Comment
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Good to know G-town. Thanks!

Communication is a big key to product design, so I'm think I"m okay there.

G-Town's Comment
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Good to know G-town. Thanks!

Communication is a big key to product design, so I'm think I"m okay there.

That wil certainly help.

Good luck.

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