A Week In The Life Of A Flatbed Driver

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David's Comment
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I totally forgot old school made this last year.. Good read again though.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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I totally forgot old school made this last year.. Good read again though.

Yeah, good stuff! :)

Magoo's Comment
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I may just sound like a nut to some of you, but that doesn't bother me. I know who I am, and I enjoy this type of work. I'm not going to get rich doing this and I know that, but if I don't have a challenge in my daily work I will be bored and unsatisfied.

Nope, not a nut.

Good stuff in this post. Hope many others get to read it.

Personally I appreciate most of what you say, but this particular quote is how I feel as well. Challenge me and i will enjoy the work, if it's easy I won't. I'm not worried about getting rich, I want to be proud of what I do and be satisfied when it's complete.

Matt W.'s Comment
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I too am glad this got bumped up again. Great read! Thanks for doing it OS.

Matthew H.'s Comment
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I'm grateful as well for this getting bumped again!

Good read and thanks for doing that Old School. As someone who's considering a career, I'm soaking up all the information I can and it really helps to get an honest no-bull view into the daily life of driving.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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Well, after ten weeks out I just finished five days on home time and I'll be hitting the road in the morning. I've been trying to think of a way to contribute something positive here on the forum and I've decided to document in this thread my travels for at least the next week, and maybe a little longer if it seems to be going over well.

We have so many great training journals in our training diaries forum that I thought some of the new folks coming in here might enjoy seeing a little slice of an actual drivers life while he is on the road. I hope folks will feel free to jump in with comments and questions as it goes along. I will try to be detailed, and will be more than happy to answer any questions along the way.

10 weeks out!!! Old School, you're an animal! looking forward to your posts and thanks!

ATXJEHU's Comment
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Ooops! didn't notice the dates either. Oh well, still a good read!

Daryn B.'s Comment
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I am starting Orientation with Melton Nov. 2nd. I am a Truly grateful for this site and all who post the ins and outs of this industry, good or bad. I have been reading and watching new and old truckers alike posting there frustrations and their accomplishments for the last year. Flat bed was my first choice by far, for the physical labor, the challenge, and the fact there are fewer drivers involved. I am 29, and my personal goals wouldn't allow me to go any other route in this profession than flat bedding. I am very grateful for the privilege to have a glimpse into a field to where very few see, and or understand just what it means to make this nations heart continue beating, and i hope to have the fruition to have a part in the hand that churns and burns this young nation into what it is and will be. Hopefully one day my experienced gained will be experience taught as well.

Cavorkykid's Comment
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Have to bump. Great post. I haven't posted nothing, as im that kid that was always listening and never speaking but Old School really puts a great perspective to not only otr life but what its like to flatbed. With all that said this post only makes me more anxious to get out there and unwrapp my own present.

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.

Space Truckin's Comment
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Great thread Old School! I just wanted to let you know I reached the end. And to bump it for any who may not have read it yet.

You are a good story teller and sound like a great guy, your daughter should be proud of you! It's people like you who made America great once upon a time.

Having said that, the cynic in me can't help but feel right now that modern corporate America shares with you exactly zero of the values you rightfully hold so highly in esteem. But I will stop there as I don't want to pollute your nice thread with any more of my cynicism. I see that you guys are trying to keep a nice place around here. I will save my negativity for back over in my own thread.

Maybe you were right when you said to me that I should get away from such cynical websites and negativity (for my own sanity). There is certainly a lot of wisdom in those words. Although that doesn't mean that my analysis isn't spot on, difficult as it may be to say. But like I said, enough of that for now. I hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend man, wherever you are, and whatever you are doing!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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