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Posted:  1 year ago

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Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?

Because the 'p' is silent.

I'm finishing up my CDL training and will get my license in another week or so. Super excited to begin training, but I'm concerned about when nature calls in the middle of the night when driving with a trainer. When traveling in my van I use a bucket, but if I'm driving with a trainer I don't imagine either of us would be comfortable with this. I don't have to do this every night but can't imagine waking up in the middle of the night and walking to the restroom. This don'ts seem safe and even if it was I did I don't think I'd be able to go back to sleep and would be exhausted the next day. I know some woman use she pees and a bottle and I could probably give that a try but I'm still not sure how I feel about doing this in the presence of a compete stranger. Any suggestions from other lady drivers?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Life work balance

I'm so grateful to have found this site and appreciative of the community here that has shared their knowledge and experience in trucking! I'm currently looking into getting my CDL and am trying to learn all I can about the industry and I've found this site to be a wealth of information. I feel like it would be a very fulfilling career, but I want to make sure it's a good fit before I take the leap.

I've always thought trucking would be a really cool career but have never pursued it for a couple of reasons, one, my life circumstances have been that I have personal obligations that would have kept me from traveling extensively and secondly, I've always been very intimidated at driving something so enormous! I've kind of had a mental block that I just could never do that.

I left an unfulfilling career a few years back to take care of my dad who had Parkinson's and when he past I sold my house wanting to live a simpler and more fulfilling life. I bought a cargo van at the beginning of 2020 and spent most of the year converting it into my tiny home on wheels. Since it's been done I've been traveling with my dog and absolutely love being on the road with her living out of my van.

I understand that driving a truck is not the same as a cargo van by any means, but going through the process of building out a van, has giving me the confidence that maybe I'm capable of more than I realize and traveling in it has grown in me a passion for being on the open road and now I am at a time in my life where my primary responsibility is to myself rather than others.

What I've heard others express repeatedly is despite all it's benefits, it's really hard work which I get and I'm ok with but I'm also aware that the number of miles I can drive while still being happy may not be what everyone else is capable of. Most people's goal seems to be making lots of money, which while making money is important to me, my higher goal is having a healthy work life balance. I'm a stellar employee in that I am dependable, mature, teachable, disciplined, patient with myself and others, focused, organized, determined, and I strive to be the very best I can be at whatever I endeavor to do. I'm confident that I can drive 2K miles a week and to me that would be ideally what I want even if I'm not making a big paycheck. Maybe I could do 2500 miles a week for a while but 3k miles a week isn't realistic for me. My question is, how realistic is it that I will find a company that will hire me to work roughly 2k to 2500 miles weekly? I'm willing to trade off making less money, even a lot less money for a while to have this and I feel like I have a lot to offer an employer in exchange.

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