I'm old school. I was taught by old school drivers and heavy equipment operators, and I carry that sense of pride and respect for myself and others with me today. From Marmons to Macks...you name it, Ive probably wrestled with it.
The Kenworth in the profile pic was once assigned to me, I hauled salt and aggregates with it.
My Dad was a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver for the same company, so I got all the seat time I wanted, and I wanted all the seat time I could get. It didnt matter if it was a truck or a blade or a bucket, I wanted on it, and I wanted to run it.
I got my first Class A when I was 21, drove for 13 years, then let it go at 33 after getting married and moving to Nashville. Love will make a man do foolish things.
Im 45 now, and I decided I wanted to get back into a seat. I've driven plenty of tractor trailers but Ive never ran OTR for a major carrier. Ive ran equipment nearly all my life, and when I was a driver I covered all of Upstate NY and Canada hauling sand, stone, scrap metals, topsoil, construction debris and the like...mostly with dump trailers.
I've since graduated from TDI in Sanford, Florida, so the vacation is officially over. I reported to Dallas on 6/13/14 for orientation. Time to get my boots back on and see where the road takes me.
Any advice I can get here is greatly appreciated, I'm here to research and learn and help where I can.