I'm On The Bus And Headed To MTC

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Half Pint's Comment
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It's been a long bus ride and it's not over yet. H*ll, it's been a long three months...

I let my company know I would be leaving back in August so they could find another driver for Delaware. They were not happy. Without getting into allot of detail I'll just say that they made my last few months really hard. But I stuck with it.

My MVR was borderline so when the rejections started coming in I was really disappointed. I can't tell you how much I've learned about this industry thanks to TT and my own blundering mistakes. I've had recruiters laugh at me over the phone because I'm older and I'm female. I've had friends from my church look at me like I've lost my mind. I've had texts and private Facebook messages behind me not to go. A guy I had just started seeing got me a job driving a dump truck because he wasn't supportive of me going OTR. I "dumped" him.

But, with the support of a few friends and of my entire family, I kept plugging away.

I studied here in TT and I got my permit, tanker, and doubles & triples, and finally a sponsorship from Covenant.

I arrive at the school this evening and orientation is Sunday. I'll be taking time to study for Hazmat while I'm there.

The long bus ride... My son had surgery the day before I left and my step mother passed in her sleep the morning I left. They want me to succeed and they want me to go anyway. It's hard and it feels selfish, but I'm doing it anyway.

I am determined to succeed and learn how to be the best driver I can be for the company while I'm there. They get my first year and I'm going to give it all I've got.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Good luck Half Pint. It sounds like you are very determined and motivated. That determination and motivation is what is going to see you through this. When you're exhausted and frustrated just remember why you're there and keep your eyes on the prize and you'll do just fine.

Half Pint's Comment
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When you're exhausted and frustrated just remember why you're there and keep your eyes on the prize and you'll do just fine.

Thank you. That's the part I worry about. I want to be able to face it head on with a positive attitude. I don't want to fail.

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