Profile For nomad girl

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  • Location:
    Nashville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 7 months ago

nomad girl's Bio

Read my truck driving diary, where I will cover details of my journey in becoming a truck driver!

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Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Where to Get Fire Extinguisher

Thank you! My co-driver is telling me we just need a reload sticker. Is there such a thing?

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Where to Get Fire Extinguisher

My fire extinguisher is expired. Where do I go to get an updated one? I can't get it from the company because all the ones they carry are also expired and won't pass DOT inspection.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Thinking about driving a big rig but don't want to live on the road forever?

I don't have my own family so otr life is definitely for me. I love living on the road. Never have to worry about taking home time because I don't really need it.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Difficulty with Prime trainer. Please advise.

Yikes, that's scary! Keep us updated on your progress.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Driving Footwear

Do not wear slippers. Unsafe. Work boots is the way to go.

Posted:  5 years ago

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about women in trucking

Mindy, yes it's true. The low pay and fighting for good freight/pay. But that's the name of the game. You have to pay your dues. If you demonstrate that you're a hard worker, make a few office allies, and communicate well, you will have far better success than other rookies with stinky attitudes.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Health and trucking

Sounds like a plan! I need to get healthy too. I ate candy all day yesterday while driving for 8 hours straight and so I feel like cow manure today.

Posted:  5 years ago

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In school for training to get my Class A CDL long course.

I think it's better if you get your CDL before your wife. Once you are trained, she can come on board and you can mentor her. Especially since she has a job, she can do that while you learn the ropes. Once you start making money, it'll make sense for her to quit her job and join you. Just my opinion.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Met my mentor today and he already lied to me

Feel bad for anyone who has to pay for their own showers. Even if it's an O/O, you get a free shower (that can be upgraded to team shower without extra cost) for every 50 gallon. Sure, they paid for the fuel or will get a surcharge, whatever. Still, free showers are given out like candy as incentives for trucker to fuel at those locations. And 50 gallon goes by quick, so end of the day, there is plenty of showers for everyone. Granted, they expire within a time frame (like a week), so there is no excuse for being stingy on the shower points. Other than that, you can ask fellow truckers because someone will be happy to donate you a shower.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Challenges of driving

My co-driver has a saying (that has helped me deal with my "bad days"). The saying is "sunny side up, greasy side down." Basically, if you're still alive and not lying in a ditch, it's a good day.

Posted:  5 years ago

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The hills are confusing this florida boy

I wouldn't say it's "forbidden". It's just preferable to shift before the grade. But let's say you find yourself on a downgrade you're not familiar with (or it caught you before you realized it), I would step on the brakes for three seconds, (softly at one and firmly at three). By doing this, I bring the RPMs down by 500 or until it's between 1000-1200. Then, I downshift, remembering that gravity will automatically raise my RPMs. So, service brakes, bring RPMs down, clutch out, RPMs will rise to 1500 with gravity, clutch into lower gear.

Also, if it looks like a downgrade is coming up, it's much better to overcompensate on your downshift as it'll be easier to up shift.

Posted:  5 years ago

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How do you find a good one?

Well, I see a lot of male truckers at truck stops. You could start there.

Posted:  5 years ago

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about women in trucking

In this industry, you need a lot of patience. You have to be self motivated and you have to be committed in keeping a positive attitude when things aren't going the way they should be. You are pretty much out on your own.

This is the toughest job I've ever trained for - mainly because my mentor was so hard on me and I still get a little nervous driving because it's a lot of responsibilities for one person to handle.

Still, I remind myself that if I quit, I have to go back to a boring job that I wouldn't enjoy. It's fun being on the road and seeing the country.

Posted:  5 years ago

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about women in trucking

I've been driving for three months and like most rookies, the urge to quit is high! The test is not that hard if you practice and do your best. It's the real work that's hard.

Socializing is an important skill. You will have to communicate with shippers, receivers, dispatchers, other drivers, etc. Some people will treat you as an equal, some will be total pricks. On one or more occasion, you'll meet someone on drugs or on a power trip. It's not all daisies. The industry is 95% male. You have to be tough and play it their way.

Second, the money is not that great - not in the beginning. I've had three weeks not making a paycheck because the truck was shut down or ran only enough to make truck payments because we had to go back to a shipper to take off weight because it was over GVW and it took them an additional four hours.

No matter where you work, there will always be politics. The only way to avoid that is to work for a mom and pop or work for yourself.

Driving alone can make you think a lot. Thinking a lot can make you depressed.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Feeling useless at 52.

I was inspired to go into trucking by a 70 year old female trucker. =)

Posted:  5 years ago

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1st Year Employment in Trucking

This is my third month driving truck and the urge to quit is high. But like the advice given, I'm gonna grit my teeth and survive my first year.

Posted:  5 years ago

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The hills are confusing this florida boy

I have a hard time too. Sometimes, you are going on a downgrade, that that downgrade is set on an upgrade. Lol.

As for finding the right gear, it depends on how heavy you are and the conditions of the road. If I'm heavy, I'm usually going 5hi on steep upgrades and depending on how gradual the downgrade is, I may be in 6hi or 7lo if it's really steep or 7hi or 8lo if it's gradual. The key is to not rely on my service brakes. If I'm brake checking more than once in every fifteen second interval, I have to downshift so I can get a stronger jake and be more in control of my vehicle. This is especially important to prevent burning the brakes.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Curious about truck stop showers?

Ohio also provides shower facilities at their rest stops. You'll have to provide your own towel. The facilities are pretty well maintained, given that they're open to the public and provided at no cost.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Curious about truck stop showers?

Best time for showers are usually mornings, then afternoons. Evenings are the worse as most truckers are shutting down for the day. I usually shower in the morning so I rarely have to wait.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Curious about truck stop showers?

Across the nation, Flying J, in my opinion, has the nicest shower facilities. They provide brown towels.

Love's is hit or miss. I've gone to a few where they weren't clean. I think cashiers take turns cleaning and don't have a designated shower person like the other big guys. Towels are blue.

TA/Petro are also hit and miss. But they are usually efficient with getting the showers cleaned an ready for the next patron. Towels are orange.

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