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Bolt's Comment
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I have read that a lot If drivers are introverts and enjoy the solitude while driving. I myself am very extroverted. I love to be around people. I also have a severe case if ADHD.

I have traveled the interstate highways quite extensively in construction and familiar with the solitude, but it has never been day in and day out. Usually drive 300-1000 miles tons job work a few weeks then head to another.

These are the only 2 issues I see from blocking me from being successful. I have used audio books in the past to help while away the hours, just wondering how other extrovert type A personalities handle the solitude.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Old School's Comment
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Just spend an hour in the driver's lounge, or at the lunch counter in the truck stop cafes. You'll have all the conversation you could ever wish for, and some you could probably do without!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hahahahha. I talk on the.phone. some companies do not allow that. I alsonlisten to Pandora. But if you hang out at your terminal and meet people get numbers and soon you will chatting while both are driving....it passes the time and will.keep you awake. To new drivers though it can be a bad distraction.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bolt's Comment
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Hahahahha. I talk on the.phone. some companies do not allow that. I alsonlisten to Pandora. But if you hang out at your terminal and meet people get numbers and soon you will chatting while both are driving....it passes the time and will.keep you awake. To new drivers though it can be a bad distraction.

I don't think Swift will allow talking on the phone. That would be great if they did.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

G-Town's Comment
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Hahahahha. I talk on the.phone. some companies do not allow that. I alsonlisten to Pandora. But if you hang out at your terminal and meet people get numbers and soon you will chatting while both are driving....it passes the time and will.keep you awake. To new drivers though it can be a bad distraction.

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I don't think Swift will allow talking on the phone. That would be great if they did.

Bolt, Swift allow hands-free calls.

Although I do not recommend talking on the phone during road training (mentoring) or even the first couple months solo, once you get your sea legs, invest in a good hands-free, noise cancelling head-set that is voice activated. I am a huge fan of the Blue Parrot B250-XT.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bolt's Comment
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Well that's good to know. Maybe I can chatter away.

Diver Driver's Comment
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I don't think Swift will allow talking on the phone. That would be great if they did.

I think you can talk on the phone, just don't eat Oreos. Right Errol ?rofl-3.gif

G-Town's Comment
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I don't think Swift will allow talking on the phone. That would be great if they did.

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I think you can talk on the phone, just don't eat Oreos. Right Errol ?rofl-3.gif

FMCSA cell phone restrictions Let's be careful how we address cell phone use.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

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.
Bolt's Comment
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To clarify a point or two. I understand the learning curve when entering the trucking industry. I don't want to do anything that will jeopardize me becoming on of Swift's top drivers and I sure as he'll don't want to be on the highlight real. Lord knows Swift has enough of those entries already. If I can call and visit with my brother truckers that's great. I have a blue tooth radio in my pickup and it is awesome. I will put one in all my vehicles.

So the question I had if hands free calling is answered.

Thanks guys.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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