Company Driver In Training
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Originally received my CDL back in 1989, in CA. I graduated from the Federal Truck Driving School in San Diego at the ripe old age of 19. Too young to get my HazMat or drive out of state. I drove for a couple of SoCal companies for a while and found something else shiny and sparkly to grab my attention. Not being able to drive out of state dimmed my excitement.
Fast forward to 2003. I'm living in Phoenix now with a wife and two little boys (2 & 4). I looked at driving again, did some research and went with Schneider. At that time, they were offering schooling. I signed up, headed out to Fontana for training and then began driving a 1999 orange Freightliner Century in the Western Region (mainly CA, OR, & WA). I spent 7 months in the region and then transferred to a dedicated local account. After a while at that, I was offered the position of Yard Dog at the Reckitt Benckiser warehouse in Tolleson, AZ. The OTR time was hard because I missed so much of my kids growing up, and I wasn't there to support my wife. After getting on the RB account, I was home every night. A while later I changed companies and went to work hauling petroleum in tankers. Mainly local work, home every night. After a few more years, I transitioned into dispatch and became the lead Night Dispatcher. 6 years of that beat me almost to death (high stress and screwed up sleep schedules w/two boys in middle & high school.) I let my CDL lapse in 2016, and in 2019 I reached the breaking point. I walked away from that job and went to work in the fraud department of a major bank.
Now I'm ready to go back to driving (no dispatching!) again. I now have my CDL and I'm looking forward to hauling fuel again!
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