Six Month Clock Started........

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John M.'s Comment
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Ok, so in another post I said I was going to wait and research (learn) about trucking for at least six months. The reason behind this is because I am (was) a heavy pot smoker. I am now four days clean after 30+ plus years of daily use. I am serious about this possible career. Now not having a brewski, just one, after a days work? That is bummer number two. Six months is a long time though.

John M.'s Comment
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Let me modify that last statement, six months give you a long time to change.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Why can't you have a beer after work?

John M.'s Comment
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It is my understanding that .04 is the max BAC and have seen a lot of comments advising against even one beer a day while OTR. I have even seen that using mouth wash (with alcohol) is discouraged. Just things I have read.

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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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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have seen a lot of comments advising against even one beer a day while OTR

I would advise against it. What's the sense? One beer? It's a habit you might as well change now if you're going to drive for a living. Everyone knows one beer leads to two, then you take a chance a time or two, and then it all ends badly.

Many companies also have a policy of no alcohol within 24 hours of a driving shift.

If you're going to be home for several days then have a few beers with the guys or whatever. But the 'one beer every day after work' thing you might as well drop it now and be done with it.

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.

Danielle's Comment
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Bumber is right I know how youre feeling I literally had 2 beers everyday after work for 3 years straight. Honestly it got to the point where I felt like I couldn't sleep well unless I had a couple cold ones to soothe me. That's bad but its true. But I have not had one beer in about 2 months and its hard but trucking is what I want to do. in the beginning of quitting I literally take a alieve pm to fall asleep but now im good. You can do it even with pot! just put your mind to quitting and I know you got this if you really wanna quit!!! its hard as hell but I know you can do it. the reward will be greater in the end.

John M.'s Comment
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Ok, so beer is out. Gonna take a bit to quit as I just gave up one bad habit. Its not the booze side, its the flavor, love it with a burger or steak or fries or loin or........you get the point. What about near beer etc?

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I didn't know you meant while OTR

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.

G-Town's Comment
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John wrote:

Ok, so beer is out. Gonna take a bit to quit as I just gave up one bad habit. Its not the booze side, its the flavor, love it with a burger or steak or fries or loin or........you get the point. What about near beer etc?

I hear yah John, its strict. For most of the truckload carriers, a trace of alcohol on a random is a fail and soon followed by termination. This blemish on your record will significantly limit your future job prospects in the trucking industry. Zero tolerance.

I too enjoy having a beer,...but never if I am driving the next day. We say it all the time, this is not a job, it's a lifestyle requiring lots of adjustments.

Good luck.

Dan R.'s Comment
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Need to be careful with near beer, too. It is not alcohol free, it just has significantly less alcohol. You get popped for a breath test while in the truck and having had near beer, you'll be just as out of service as if you'd had a regular beer or a shot.

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