Profile For St. Elsewhere

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    San Francisco, CA

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    Preparing For School

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    5 years, 2 months ago

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Got my start date at SAGE!

Thanks Gary! I'll take all the luck I can get!

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Got my start date at SAGE!

Hey all,

It's been 2 or 3 months since I've chimed in, but know that I've been logging in and reading many of your blogs which has helped me to no end. Along with that, I've been studying the High Road Training Program and it's definitely built up my confidence as well. It's obvious from the studies that there's a hell of a lot more to know than any non-trucker might guess, and not stuff to take lightly either!

That being said I've finally got my start date at SAGE for December 15th in Colorado and I'll keep you guys posted in the CDL Training Diaries for any of you out there looking to choose a private trucking school that accepts the G.I. Bill. All the best to you guys out there!

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Posted:  5 years ago

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WiFi at truck stops.

Jeremy H., I didn't think of that. Thanks great input. I think ill definitely go with a MiFi.

Posted:  5 years ago

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New girl

Hey Trish, welcome to the forum! I think you'll find everyone here to be very helpful to you as they have been to me. Good luck at school! good-luck.gif

Posted:  5 years ago

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WiFi at truck stops.

Wow, thanks for all the responses. I hadn't logged in for a couple days, but now that I have I see that you're all definitely there! :) Yeah, I may just get a MiFi for my laptop and switch to a dumbphone so that I don't pay too much. As a limo driver my company provides MiFis for all the cars so that our passengers and ourselves can use it. I don't see us getting that at a trucking company! Thanks for all the other pieces of info, I'll make a mental note...

Cheers mates! smile.gif

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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WiFi at truck stops.

Thanks fellas. Ill let you know if I find anything. Maybe ill just get a MiFi. Then again maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, maybe I should be thinking about getting through trucking school first! Haha! :) -All the best!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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WiFi at truck stops.

Hello all. I was wondering if all truck stops have WiFi, or if it's better to get a portable WiFi (like a MiFi) in case some truck stops don't?confused.gif

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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You guys were right!

That's fantabulous MG! I'm already jealous cause I still have a couple months before I even get to CDL school. :) Keep us posted!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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I got sent home by Con-way Freight

Mountain Girl,

Here's one of my favorite quotes that has helped me throughout my life: "Where the mind goes, the body will follow." If your mind is in trucking, and it stays in trucking, you WILL be a trucker. This passage has proven itself to me every time without fail. And especially a stand-up person such as yourself, what with being a veteran and an officer at that, there's no way you're not going to overcome this temporary hurdle.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Is 900 tractors considered a large company?

I was very interested in them too but they are only OTR and I needed something local. Yes, they do have a pet policy and an additional rider policy.

-mountain girl

Well it seems several people were or are interested in that company so that's always a good sign.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Starting a Trucking Career in Winter

Thanks Daniel B,

Actually it's November that I plan on starting CDL school. Probably Sage Trucking School in Colorado or Wyoming. It's 4 to 5 weeks I think I read, and that way I figure I'll be starting in December with a trainer. But no, I'm not going to let it affect my decision too much. I'd rather get out there sooner rather than later mainly cause I can't wait to get out there. But September and October I'll stay put in my current job and save some money so I can be a little more comfortable while I'm in training.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Starting a Trucking Career in Winter

That's good to know. Ill definitely remember that... and to un clinch! rofl-3.gif So far this website has been amazing and everyone's replies have been great. I'll be infinitely better prepared by the time I get out there.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Is 900 tractors considered a large company?

Well that's always a plus. I'm sure a dog helps immensely with morale on the road. I don't have a pet but maybe ill consider getting one. Think they'll let me bring a giraffe?? rofl-3.gif

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Starting a Trucking Career in Winter

AJ,

That's a pretty good list of companies. Whenever I'm in the eastern part of the U.S. I always see Old Dominion. Seems like you're looking to do regional or dedicated? I've got it narrowed down to a handful as well, but I'm thinking it's true what some experienced drivers are saying, that a good dispatcher is more important than a "good" company. I know this to be the case in the limo business. good-luck.gif

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Starting a Trucking Career in Winter

Rolling Thunder,

Yeah I was betting that most of those accidents were preventable by slowing down even more than you THINK you have to. I was driving in a pickup with little weight in back and I put some sandbags back there to weigh it down. Of course it helped when accelerating from a stop, but I was thinking that it wouldn't make one iota of difference if you're going too fast because if fully loaded semis are sliding off the road, then anybody can; ice is ice. But yes, crawling along safely is infinitely better than the alternative! :)

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Is 900 tractors considered a large company?

Thanks Old School. I was hoping it was big enough to be the case. Yes, I've spoken with the driver on the website who works for May and he just answered some of my questions. He seems really pleased with the company overall. Great pics you have up by the way. Especially the long horned cow! :)

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Is 900 tractors considered a large company?

I was looking into May Trucking as a possible company to work for, and it looks like they're a fleet of about 900 tractors. Is this considered a large company or more of a medium sized? The reason I ask is because after reading Brett Aquila's book, I fully agree with being able to take advantage of all the amenities that a large company will provide on the road with things like accounts with repair shops, tow truck companies, hotels and the like. Would a company like May be big enough for this?

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Hello! Question on being a lady trucker

Hi Effie,

You absolutely MUST watch Allie Knight's vlogs on YouTube! You'll love her trucking videos and I do believe she has one where she answers questions for female truckers. At the end of her videos she gives her contact info so you can ask her whatever you like. Best of luck. :)

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Starting a Trucking Career in Winter

Yeah Ill definitely be going the private school route. Originally I was going to go to Prime cause it seems like one of the best schools, and tuition is free if you stay with them for a year. But my plan was to go to GTI after my first year, which is the company I really want to work for, but I think it's better just to go straight to the company I want from the get go, even if I have to pay for it myself. Plus, Prime is reefer and I'd rather do dry van. I like GTI (Gordon) cause they're a west coast company and 80% of their freight is west of Ohio, and they don't do New York or the northeast. This past January I drove cross-country in my pickup and there was about a hundred mile stretch on I 70 in Illinois where I witnessed NO LESS than 50 big rigs and 4 wheelers that had slid off the shoulder and the median! Needless to say, myself and every car and semi around me were all white-knuckling it at about 25 mph that hundred miles! I remember saying to myself "I will NEVER do this again!" Well, not only am I going to do it again, but in a big rig as well! I gotta screw loose or what?! :) Yeah definitely let me know how it goes since you'll be slightly ahead of me. But I think being with a trainer in extreme conditions would be a benefit, and by next winter we'll have 9 more months of experience under our belt. What companies are you looking at?

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Starting a Trucking Career in Winter

Hey AJ, I'm in the same predicament as you; I wasn't sure if I should start CDL school in early November or wait til February so that by the time I was through, I could get out there by early March when the weather was better. I asked the same question to trucker Allie Knight of YouTube and she started in January, and was glad she did it, cause now the worst was behind her. I'm gonna go the same route; save some money in my current job for the next two months, and start CDL school in November. Plus I don't think I can wait til February anyway, I wanna get out there! Hope you decide the same!

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